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EX-CEO of Big Charity Admits Stealing Millions

William Rapfogel of NYC's Met Council is going to prison

(Newser) - The politically connected former CEO of a prominent New York City charity admitted today that he helped steal $5 million in an insurance scheme that authorities linked to campaign contributions. William Rapfogel pleaded guilty to grand larceny, money laundering, and other charges in a case that had rattled city and... More »

Homeless Mom Faces Jail for Enrolling Son in School

Woman charged with grand larceny after boy sent to wrong school

(Newser) - A homeless mother who sent her child to the wrong Connecticut public school could be jailed for up to 20 years for stealing $15,686—the cost of a year's education in Norwalk. Tanya McDowell was charged with grand larceny after authorities discovered that she sent her 6-year-old son... More »

Central Park Crime Jumps 45%

Poor economy blamed

(Newser) - Crimes in Central Park have skyrocketed 45% over last year, and Manhattan officials are blaming the poor economy. Rapes jumped from zero to 7 so far this year, and grand larceny is up 60% to 56 cases. "A bad economy doesn’t help. Many more people are using the... More »

Cops: Con Man Scammed $140K From Online Dates

Posed as multimillionaire pal of George Bush

(Newser) - A New York lothario posing as a multimillionaire Navy commander and confidante of George Bush scammed close to $140,000 from women he met on online dating sites, according to Westchester authorities. After cultivating relationships with women met on sites like Match.com, Jesus Nasser asked for loans, explaining that... More »

Brooke Astor's Son Guilty on 16 Counts, Faces 25 Years

Offspring swindled socialite, jury finds after lengthy trial

(Newser) - After a sensational 19-week trial, Brooke Astor's son was found guilty today on 16 of the 18 counts against him, including grand larceny and conspiracy. The 85-year-old will be sentenced on Dec. 8 and faces up to 25 years. The jury deliberated for 12 days before finding that the legendary... More »

Not Guilty Plea in Letterman Shakedown Scheme

Fellow CBS employee makes bond after bail set at $200K

(Newser) - A 48 Hours producer pleaded not guilty to attempted first-degree grand larceny today after allegedly trying to extort $2 million from David Letterman. The Late Night host was the target of an attempt to "destroy the reputation of Mr. Letterman and to submit him and his family to humiliation... More »

The Astor Trial So Far: High Society, Low Class

(Newser) - Meryl Gordon has a plum seat at the so-called Brooke Astor trial, in which her son, Anthony Marshall, stands accused of thievery. Complete with the crème de la crème of New York society recounting terrible things and scathing Astorisms, Gordon writes in Vanity Fair, it’s a “... More »

NY Man Posed as Dead Mom in Alleged Fraud Scheme

He denies being modern Norman Bates

(Newser) - Shades of Norman Bates in Psycho: A Brooklyn man accused of dressing up as his dead mom to collect Social Security checks and rent subsidies worth $115,000 has been indicted on 47 counts of grand larceny, forgery, and conspiracy, the New York Daily News reports. Thomas Prusik-Parkin, 49, and... More »

Son 'Manhandled Astor to Change Will': Prosecutor

Anthony Marshall exploited mom's dementia to funnel fortune to him, says prosecutor.

(Newser) - Brooke Astor's son "dragged" his frail mom from her nurse's arms to a closed-door meeting about her will, which was immediately changed in his favor, according to the prosecutor at the heir's  fraud and grand larceny trial yesterday in New York. Anthony Marshall exploited his vulnerable mother's dementia to... More »

Man Admits to Selling Stolen Body Parts

New Jersey dentist ran ring that harvested bones and tissue

(Newser) - A New Jersey dentist who ran a business plundering body parts from corpses in funeral homes pleaded guilty in Brooklyn today, the Newark Star-Ledger reports. Michael Mastromarino, 44, admitted to removing bones and tissue from two dozen corpses, which were sold to tissue processors for use in transplants and other... More »

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