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The head of a Staten Island oil distribution company was convicted of grand larceny Thursday for scamming the MTA by selling cheap transmission fluid used in city buses. Joseph Ioia, CEO of New York Commercial Lubricants, admitted to ripping off the New York City Transit Authority and Metropolitan Transit Authority from May 2010 to March 2011.

DA Vance announced the guilty plea of Joseph Ioia, an automotive lubricants dealer, for defrauding and stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the New York City Transit Authority. Following an investigation conducted with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Office of the Inspector General, IOIA pleaded guilty to Grand Larceny in the Third Degree. He is expected to be sentenced to three months of intermittent jail and five years of probation, and will forfeit approximately $863,000.

Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance ... created a new entity called the Crime Strategies Unit, the sole purpose of which is to gather and deploy intelligence on Manhattan’s crime patterns and serious offenders. The unit’s five senior assistant district attorneys, assigned to one of five geographical areas in Manhattan, no longer prosecute cases but instead learn everything they can about who is driving crime in their jurisdiction. Based on daily communication with local police commanders and precinct field-intelligence officers, the Crime Strategies Unit has compiled a database of Manhattan’s most significant criminal players and other persons of interest (such as elusive or uncooperative witnesses).

Two scammers, part of a cybercrime ring that stole thousands of dollars by skimming credit cards, creating counterfeit checks; and fraudulently ordering credit reports to obtain additional information about victims were sentenced in Manhattan Criminal Court on Tuesday. Both defendants, Rodriguez and Cunningham, pleaded guilty conspiring to commit fraud, criminal possession of a forged document, and identity theft. The Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance said “Cybercrime and identity theft is a persistent, growing threat, but our state’s laws in this area are outdated.”

DA Vance announced the indictment of Lancine Conde, Sylvaine Gnahore, Gerald Quarles, Arshid Sohail, and Donald Williams for stealing more than $1 million in corporate, personal, and tax refund checks through a scheme that diverted checks made payable to individuals and companies to fraudulent accounts controlled by the defendants. They are charged in New York State Supreme Court with Grand Larceny in the Second and Third Degrees, Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Second and Third Degrees, Identity Theft in the First Degree, Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree, and Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree.