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Standing near a table covered with curved carvings of Chinese nobles and flanked by giant tusks, the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., expressed outrage that stores in New York continued to profit from ivory sales, even after the Legislature had banned them except in limited cases.
“Sadly, New York remains one of the world markets for elephant ivory and I think it’s unacceptable,” he said. “If you are trading in the bounty of these endangered species, now is the time to stop.”

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos, and Wildlife Conservation Society Executive Vice President of Public Affairs John Calvelli, today announced the indictment of an antiques store, its owners and a salesperson for selling and offering for sale illegal elephant ivory at a total price of more than $4.5 million. 

DA Vance announced the indictment of Cheryl Keeling for stealing more than $194,000 that the defendant unlawfully collected from the tenants of an apartment building in Harlem and for failing to file New York State income taxes corresponding to the funds collected as rent and other income that the defendant received. The defendant is charged in a New York State Supreme Court indictment with Grand Larceny in the Second Degree and Criminal Tax Fraud in the Fourth Degree, among other charges.

A woman who used stolen hospital-patient records so that she could fraudulently order more than $1 million in designer goods from Saks Fifth Avenue and other retailers around the country pleaded guilty Monday in a Manhattan courtroom. Krystle Steed, 31, copped a plea to charges of grand larceny and identity theft among other raps in exchange for a sentence of four to eight years in prison. “Stealing from those in a precarious state of health is contemptible,” said Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. in a statement after the deal was struck.

DA Vance announced the guilty plea of Krystle Steed for using personal information stolen from patients of Lenox Hill Hospital to take over victims’ bank accounts and place fraudulent orders for designer merchandise valued at hundreds of thousands of dollars. The defendant pleaded guilty in New York State Supreme Court to Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, Identity Theft in the First Degree, and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Fourth Degree, among other charges. She is expected to be sentenced on October 13, 2016.