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January 2016 Archives

Felony charges against chief building inspector may not stick

In an unusual arrest, police in Spring Valley, New York charged a chief building inspector with giving false certificates of occupancy to a man who was running two day care centers from his home. Police say that the homeowner improperly collected $33,093 in property-tax exemptions in 2012 through 2014, and improperly collected additional money from the state for the operation of two day-care centers, based on the false certificate stating that the home was a two-family structure. However, due to the single-family nature of the home, only one day-care center was allowed by law. The chief building inspector was arrested on an array of felony charges, including third-degree grand larceny, falsifying business records and issuing a false certificate.

Police charge NAACP official with grand larceny felony charges

The crime of larceny involves taking property that belongs to another with the intent to keep it for oneself. In New York, there is petit larceny and grand larceny. Petit larceny involves an amount up to $1,000, and grand larceny can apply to amounts above that amount. Felony charges are usually associated with grand larceny, and the sentence for that crime can go as high as 25 years, depending on the amount stolen.

Felony charges for hay theft arise during murder investigation

The killing of an 83-year-old New York socialite in her home in Westchester County has sparked an intensive investigation that has captivated observers locally and statewide. The woman was found dead on Nov. 9 in the laundry room of her 300-acre horse farm in North Salem. Most people following the investigation did not expect the first significant news to be the recent arrest of two of the family's caretakers for felony charges of stealing hay.

Man arrested on felony charges of planning terrorist attack

When federal officials arrest a United States citizen for supposedly providing assistance to a terrorist organization, criminal defense counsel must investigate the details of the surrounding events very thoroughly. In several of the arrests on felony charges of persons allegedly aiding a terrorist organization, the gathered facts may support a possible entrapment defense. Entrapment under New York law is a defense that generally involves the police providing assistance or encouragement to an individual for purposes of committing a crime that the person was not inclined or ready to commit.