State officials were out in force at the New York State Fair this month in an effort to apprehend prostitutes and other sex offenders. During the five days of the fair, nearly 30 people were arrested for sex offenses. Authorities arrested 18 women for prostitution and 10 persons for promoting or profiting from prostitution. These are all misdemeanors under the law.
The New York Inspector General recently announced the arrest of four business owners on fraud and theft charges with respect to alleged violations of the state's workers' compensation system. The law requires that each employer must carry workers' compensation insurance coverage for benefits prescribed by state law to those who are injured at work. In one case, authorities charged the owner with grand larceny and falsifying business records, both felony charges, and with the failure to obtain compensation insurance, a misdemeanor.
Occasionally, a convicted defendant's terminal health condition will affect the nature of the sentence that is imposed. In one white collar criminal conviction in New York state, the U.S. Attorney has relinquished an attempt to have a former powerful state senator incarcerated due to the defendant's reportedly terminal cancer diagnosis. The U.S. Attorney stated that the decision -- made in the face of a conviction on felony charges for lying to the FBI -- was made after the prosecution's own medical expert agreed with the defendant's experts that the defendant has one year or less to live.
New York authorities on Oct. 29 participated in the arrest of 17 persons spread through four states for running what the police called a "highly sophisticated" crime enterprise centered around gambling on the Internet. The alleged group members used offshore gambling websites in their sports betting business. Police charged them in a 24-count indictment with felony charges called enterprise corruption .