In what is considered the biggest gun bust in New York City history, police arrested 19 people in a weapons smuggling ring led by two men who would hide the guns in their luggage aboard cheap bus routes where they would face lower security and a lower risk of getting caught.
The New York state police have recently announced that they will be conducting an amped-up DWI enforcement campaign in order to reduce risk to motorists. The campaign is part of a nationwide "Drive sober or be pulled over" campaign by law enforcement to catch DUI offenders.
Recently, the National White Collar Crime Center has taken the initiative to train New York law enforcement personnel in fighting white collar crime. The officers will receive training in combating felonies such as bankruptcy fraud, identity theft, and insurance fraud. The increased training is in response to a reported increase in the occurrence of white collar crimes, with over 60,000 cases reported last year. The organization is training 36 officials from all over New York State. The organization is starting to branch its training locations out from the metropolitan areas into less-populated areas like Utica.
Recently, police have charged a Long Island doctor with drug distribution for allegedly selling oxycodone without a valid prescription. The man was charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance after police allegedly observed him sell oxycodone to two different patients. Police allege that the drug trafficking occurred between November 2012 and March 2013, and that the man charged $250 or more for the oxycodone prescriptions, which he gave without a medical examination or documentation in violation of the law. According to law enforcement, the doctor made approximately $1.5 million in profits from oxycodone prescriptions over a period of two years. The doctor's operation came to the attention of police when one of his patients was arrested, and undercover police officers bought prescriptions disguised as patients. If convicted, the doctor faces up to 15 years in prison.
Recently, the Connecticut-based hedge fund company SAC Capital Advisors pled not guilty to fraud in federal court in Manhattan, despite the prosecution's assertion that it had a large amount of incriminating evidence in its possession. Prosecutors alleged that they had things such as instant messages, electronic messages, court-ordered wiretaps, and recordings made consensually in their possession, which led to them charging the hedge fund with the felony of fraud. Specifically, the company is accused of wire and securities fraud, otherwise known as insider trading. The company is accused of creating an atmosphere that encouraged this kind of criminal activity. The company has announced that it will continue normal operations, and denied the charges against it.