This week the Voice took part in a national project with 50 other alternative press journalists that named the country's worst elected officials. The list named 53 politicians from 23 states -- including the District of Columbia -- who fit into one of five categories: hatemongers, sleazeballs, blowh ... More >>
Representative Michael Grimm surrendered to the FBI on Monday morning on 20 -- count 'em! -- federal charges, including "five counts of mail fraud, five counts of wire fraud, three counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation of false federal tax returns, one count of conspiring to defraud the ... More >>
BitInstant.com looked like a potential game-changer, an innovation that could nudge bitcoin into mainstream use. When the service opened up shop in summer 2011, it offered to exchange cash for bitcoins within minutes, perhaps seconds--over the previous three years of the digital currency's existence ... More >>
On October 24, 2012, Eric Glisson was released from prison--15 years after he was wrongly convicted of murder and a decade after the true perpetrators of the crime confessed. Yet despite the admissions, Glisson's freedom became a reality only after he contacted the federal investigator who had ques ... More >>
The outline of the story is bizarre enough in its own right: A Democratic state senator plans to run for mayor of New York City as a Republican, and attempts to bribe GOP county leaders to support his effort, only to be arrested and charged when it turns out the real estate tycoon financing his brib ... More >>
A fruit basket is a lovely way to show appreciation. But when it's filled with $80,000 in cash, and it's in "appreciation" of bribing prosecutors, it's not a gesture of gratitude, it's a felony.So goes the tragic tale of former Assemblyman Jimmy Meng -- the first Asian-American elected to the New Yo ... More >>
Federal authorities thwarted a plot to blow up the Federal Reserve building in lower Manhattan this morning, in a would-be attack that was "on behalf of Al-Qaeda," the U.S. Attorney's Office announced this afternoon.(Read the federal criminal complaint below).According to the feds, the failed bomber ... More >>
Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn announced this morning the indictment of 11 members of a Russian "military procurement network" operating in the United States, who allegedly have been shipping U.S. military technology to the former Soviet Union since 2008.See the full indictment -- compliments of th ... More >>
Federal authorities have rounded up nearly a dozen members of the murderous MS-13 street gang, each of whom face multiple counts of murder, attempted murder, robbery and other acts of thuggery dating back to 2008, the United States Attorney's Office announced today.In a 50-count indictment, the feds ... More >>
The $80,000 Fruit Basket
The United States Attorney's Office has filed charges against a Georgia man for allegedly embezzling more than $17 million from the bank he manages. The problem, however, is that he's now missing -- he's also apparently suicidal.Aubrey Lee Price has been missing since June 16, after he was last seen ... More >>
A pretty good government corruption story out of the federal prosecutors' office in Brooklyn: The director of construction at the city Department of Housing Preservation and Development has been arrested for taking annual $10,000 bribes over 5 years to provide inside information to contractors seeki ... More >>
The United States Attorney's Office just sent us the criminal complaint for a man who was arrested this morning after federal agents found several images and videos of kiddie porn on his computer. If convicted, the suspect, 55-year-old convicted sex offender Jay Kroll, faces a mandatory minimum sent ... More >>
Three members of the Netas, a street gang that's found its way from the prisons of Puerto Rico to the streets of New York, have been indicted on murder charges in the 2004 shotgun slayings of two rival gangsters.According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, the three gangsters -- Alvaro Cabral, a.k.a. "B ... More >>
Former NYPD officer Michael "Rape Cop" Pena's not the only former cop headed to the hoosegow -- former NYPD officer Emmanuel Tavarez is the second former cop this week who's about to make the jump from officer to inmate. Unlike Pena, Tavarez, 33, didn't violently sexually assault a defenseless schoo ... More >>
If you go to the "Cypress Hills Weed and Seed Job Fair" in Brooklyn tomorrow and expect to come away with a sweet gig farming marijuana, you will be extremely disappointed.We got an email this afternoon from the United States Attorney's Office alerting us to the aforementioned job fair. Normally, em ... More >>
The MS-13 gangster who admitted to shooting one of our sources in the head -- and fatally shooting one of his friends -- was formally indicted today by a federal grand jury. Additionally, Carlos "Silencio" Ortega, 22, was indicted in the machete-to-the-face murder of a fellow MS-13 gangster who refu ... More >>
The United States Attorney's Office announced this afternoon that several alleged members of the Genovese crime family have been indicted on multiple mobster-y crimes dating back to 2006.In all, 11 people were indicted, including alleged Genovese Captain Conrad Ianniello, and several Genovese "soldi ... More >>
A 27-year-old Brooklyn man pleaded guilty this morning to charges that he's a terrorist -- well, a failed terrorist, anyway.According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Agron Hasbajrami -- an Albanian native -- made arrangements to travel to Pakistan to join a "radical" jihadist fighting group last year ... More >>
Witness against MS-13
We're not going to venture to guess what an alleged MS-13 gang member has to do to earn the name "Silencio," but we'll give credit where credit is due: it's a badass friggin' gang name.Unfortunately for "Silencio," a.k.a. Carlos Ortega, 22, his badass gang name probably isn't going to get him off ... More >>
So who isn't investigating The Great Snow Clean-Up Fuck-Up of 2010? After nearly a week of nonstop bitching, public agencies are finally cracking down on what went wrong with the city's blizzard response last week (or at least angling for some good publicity). The feds have reportedly launched a ... More >>
Back in June 2008, the Voice examined the controversial beating death of a mentally ill inmate in the jail ward at Bellevue Hospital Center. We reported exclusively that Patrick Miller was beaten severely by five correction officers in May 2007, and that beating probably led to his death by h ... More >>
Ralph Esmerian, a Manhattan jeweler who once loaned gems to Hollywood's rich and famous -- including Sarah Jessica Parker, Nicole Kidman, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jennifer Lopez, and Melania Trump -- was arrested on fraud charges today at his girlfriend's Tudor City apartment.
Seventeen people -- including six employees at a nonprofit that arranged reparations to Jewish victims of Nazi persecution -- stole more than $42 million from the Holocaust survivors' fund by submitting and processing bogus claims for relief, federal prosecutors announced today.
The Working Families Party says that it received an all-clear last night from the U.S. Attorney's office ending its almost year-long probe of the party's campaign operations, including its Data & Field Services unit, with no charges filed. A spokeswoman for top prosecutor Preet Bharara says ... More >>
Sei whale is no longer on the menu at the Hump.What a difference a federal misdemeanor charge makes: three days after the U.S. Attorney's Office charged the owners of the Santa Monica, Ca., sushi restaurant the Hump and its sister restaurant, Typhoon, with violating the Marine Mammal Protecti ... More >>
The leader of a drug ring who recruited people suffering from sickle-cell anemia to obtain thousands of false prescriptions for OxyContin was sentenced in federal court to ten years in prison late Tuesday afternoon.
PPS: He has a web site.
Chop-shop king built his dream mansion. Then an interior decorator took him down.
Where Is Our Bill of Rights Defense Committee?
Organizing Against General Ashcroft
Transsexual Christina Madrazo Says She Was Raped by a Guard in an INS Detention Center. Now She's Suing the U.S. for $15 Million.
Is the 39th CD De Blasios to Lose?
Times Square Riot Video Back on the Web
An Administration 'Of, For, and By White People' Has No Time or Room for Blacks