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DA Vance announced the indictments of 13 individuals, including current and former employees of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, for wrongfully obtaining and distributing questions and answers to exams required to become a licensed train conductor or locomotive engineer. The defendants are charged in multiple indictments in New York State Supreme Court with Impairing the Integrity of a Government Licensing Examination.

Prosecutors have charged 35 people with allegedly selling cocaine and heroin in Washington Heights. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton announced the suspects are being charged for their alleged roles in two separate drug operations.

Criminals form shell companies in the U.S. because states allow them to remain anonymous, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance testified before a House task force in Washington, D.C., Wednesday. "On a near-daily basis we encounter a company or network of companies involved in suspicious activity, but we are unable to glean who is actually controlling and benefiting from those entities, and from their illicit activity," Mr. Vance said. "In other words, we can’t identify the criminal."

DA Vance and New York City Police Commissioner William J. Bratton announced the indictments of 35 defendants for their roles in two separate Washington Heights narcotics trafficking organizations that possessed and sold cocaine and heroin. Two defendants are charged with Operating as a Major Trafficker, also known as the “Drug Kingpin” statute, and five are charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the First Degree, both class A-I felonies. In total, the two separate indictments charge 119 counts, including Conspiracy, Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance, and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance. The indictments follow a year-and-a-half long investigation, including the use of court-authorized wiretaps and dozens of undercover buys, led by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office’s Violent Criminal Enterprises Unit with detectives from the NYPD’s Narcotics Borough Manhattan North and Gang Division.

DA Vance and NY State Senator Martin Golden announced the Senate passage of legislation that will better protect identity theft victims and enable prosecutors to bring stronger cases against cybercriminals and scammers. The bill, S.4072/A.8149, amends New York State criminal statues and establishes a fundamental framework for the prosecution of online privacy violations by creating a graduated series of penalties based on the severity of a crime and the number of affected victims.