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DA Vance announced the indictment of three defense attorneys and a paralegal for bribing public officials to steer potential clients to them. Jae Lee, Jose Nuñez, Dwane Smith, and Benjamin Yu are charged in New York State Supreme Court with Bribery in the Second and Third Degrees, Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, and Rewarding Official Misconduct in the Second Degree.

By Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.

Apple and Google, whose operating systems run a combined 96.4 percent of smartphones worldwide, announced last week that their new operating systems will prevent them from complying with U.S. judicial warrants ordering them to unlock users’ passcode-protected mobile devices. Each company tweaked the code of its new and forthcoming mobile operating systems — iOS 8 and Android “L,” respectively — for this explicit purpose.

An electrical contractor has been convicted of hiring a no-show master electrician to get more than $200 million in New York City water plant contracts. Jacob Levita and Schlesinger Electrical Contractors Inc. were convicted Tuesday of scheming to defraud. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. calls it a case of "taking advantage of public agencies." Levita's lawyer, Avi Moskowitz, says he's very disappointed with the verdict and believes an appeal will succeed. The city requires electrical companies to have licensed master electricians on staff.

DA Vance announced the conviction of Jacob Levita and Schlesinger Electrical Contractors, Inc.,  on charges related to a scheme to defraud the NYC Department of Buildings and the NYC Department of Environmental Protection. Both defendants were found guilty by a jury in New York State Supreme Court of Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree. Schlesinger was also found guilty of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree.

DA Vance announced the sentencing of Robert Dayan to 2 ½-to-7 ½ years in state prison for stealing more than $1.3 million from his former employer, Infinity Consulting Solutions, Inc., a staffing and recruiting agency, while working as the company’s controller. On September 4, 2014, Dayan pleaded guilty to the top count in the indictment, Grand Larceny in the First Degree, as well as Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree.