Brooklyn Woman Indicted For Defrauding Five Immigrants

Defendant Allegedly Claimed She Could Get Green Cards and Work Permits for a Fee

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations New York Special Agent in Charge James T. Hayes Jr., today announced that a Brooklyn woman who allegedly promised green cards and work permits to five undocumented immigrants has been charged with stealing approximately $12,850 from them, as well as from an undercover detective, by falsely promising to help them obtain documents.


Statement of Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson on Call by New York State Attorney General to Act as Special Prosecutor In Cases of Fatal Shootings
By Police

“As the duly elected District Attorney of Brooklyn, I am adamantly opposed to the request by the New York State Attorney General for authority to investigate and potentially prosecute alleged acts of police brutality. No one is more committed to ensuring equal justice under the law than I am.

“Moreover, acts of police brutality are not only crimes against the individual victim but also are attacks on the communities in which they occur. Therefore, local prosecutors who are elected to enforce the laws in those communities should not be robbed of their ability to faithfully and fairly do so in cases where police officers shoot, kill or injure someone unjustly. The people of Brooklyn have voted for their District Attorney to keep them safe from all crimes, including those of police brutality. The Attorney General’s proposal would override their choice – and that should not happen.”


 

School Teacher Indicted on Charges of Sexually Abusing and Inappropriately Touching Nine Students

Defendant Accused of Groping and Fondling Children Between Ages 8 and 11

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson today announced that a 36-year-old Brooklyn elementary school science teacher has been arraigned on a 22-count indictment in which he is charged with crimes relating to the sexual abuse and inappropriate touching of nine of his young female students on school property.


Statement of Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson on Impaneling Of Grand Jury In Fatal Police Shooting Of Akai Gurley

“I expect to present evidence regarding the November 20, 2014 shooting of Akai Gurley to a grand jury because it is important to get to the bottom of what happened. There is no timetable for the grand jury to be impaneled or for its determination to be reached. I pledge to conduct a full and fair investigation and to give the grand jury all of the information necessary to do its job. That information is still being gathered. As to those who have called for a Special Prosecutor to handle this case, I respectfully disagree. I was elected by the people of Brooklyn to do this job without fear or favor and that is exactly what I intend to do.”


15 Women Arrested In Prostitution/Human Trafficking Investigation Of Brooklyn Massage Parlors

Search Warrants Executed at Nine Massage Parlors/Spas in Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst After Community Complaints; Locations Padlocked By City

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson, together with New York City Police Commissioner William J. Bratton, today announced that 15 employees and managers of nine massage parlors in Brooklyn were arrested on prostitution and promoting prostitution charges following a long-term investigation.


Brooklyn Man Indicted For Stealing From Aish HaTorah Organization

Defendant Allegedly Diverted More Than $237,000 In Donations To His Bank Account

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson today announced that the former chief financial officer of Aish HaTorah New York has been indicted for embezzling more than $237,000 from the Jewish outreach organization.


Brooklyn Man Sentenced To 12 Years In Prison For Manslaughter

Vicious Attack By Defendant Stemmed From Theft Of Eight Dollars

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson today announced that a 46-year-old Brooklyn man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison following his conviction last month on charges of first-degree manslaughter for beating and stabbing to death a 39-year-old man in East Williamsburg. The defendant’s 21-year-old son pleaded guilty to assault for his part in the attack.


Statement of Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson on Sentencing of Defendant For Repeatedly Making Fake 911 Calls

“By repeatedly making fake 911 calls the defendant caused police officers to respond to his bogus claims, putting the lives and safety of people with real emergencies in jeopardy. This is no joke and he will now pay the price for his dangerous conduct.”


Chief of Brooklyn District Attorney’s Conviction Review Unit To Receive Prestigious Thomas E. Dewey Medal

Assistant District Attorney Mark J. Hale To Be Honored By New York City
Bar Association

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson today announced that Assistant District Attorney Mark J. Hale, whose distinguished career has spanned more than 30 years in the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, is to receive the prestigious Thomas E. Dewey Medal from the New York City Bar Association.


Robbery Defendant Charged With Soliciting Rikers Inmate To Kill Witness Sentenced To 20 Years To Life In Prison On Underlying Case

Defendant Allegedly Tried To Hire Hit Man To Murder Witness Before He Could Testify In Home Invasion Robbery

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson today announced that a Brooklyn man convicted earlier this year for a home invasion robbery has been sentenced to 20 years to life in prison. The defendant is also charged in a separate indictment with conspiracy and solicitation to commit murder for enlisting a fellow Rikers Island inmate “to take care of a witness,” in his home invasion case.  


Brooklyn Man Convicted Of Murdering & Dumping The Body Of 14-Year-Old Girl

Defendant Immediately Returned To Maine After Disposing Her Body In Gerritsen Beach

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson today announced the conviction of a Brooklyn man who suffocated a 14-year-old girl to death and attempted to burn her body because he believed she was pregnant.


Statement of Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson Regarding Alleged Fatal Police Shooting of Akai Gurley

As we continue to gather the facts, the fatal shooting of this unarmed man is deeply troubling and warrants an immediate, fair and thorough investigation.


Brooklyn Man Convicted Of Manslaughter in Vicious Attack Stemming From Theft of Eight Dollars

Defendant Faces Up To 25 Years In Prison At Sentencing

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson today announced that a 46-year-old Brooklyn man has been convicted of first-degree manslaughter for beating and stabbing to death a 39-year-old man in East Williamsburg. The defendant’s 21-year-old son pleaded guilty to assault for his part in the attack.


Statement of Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson on Arraignment of Yonathan Souid for Allegedly Unlawfully Climbing Brooklyn Bridge

“This defendant’s foolish and unlawful conduct is a breach of security and a danger to himself and others. It will not be tolerated. This is not a game and we will be seeking jail time.”


32 Defendants, Including Reputed Members of ‘Gates Avenue Mafia,’ Charged With Conspiracy Following Complaints of Violence, Drugs

Hundreds of Neighborhood Residents Outraged in Wake of Shooting That Left 11-Year-Old Bedford-Stuyvesant Girl Paralyzed; Twenty-Nine Guns, Plus Quantities of Drugs, Recovered During Course of Investigation, And Execution of Arrest and Search Warrants

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson, together with New York City Police Commissioner William J. Bratton, today announced that 32 defendants, including 12 reputed members of the ‘Gates Avenue Mafia,’ have been variously charged in three separate indictments with conspiracy to sell firearms, heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine in and around Gates Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant and in upstate Gloversville, New York, and with the attempted murder of an upstate man.
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Brooklyn District Attorney Announces More Than A Dozen Latin Kings Charged With Brutal Assaults and Kidnapping

Eighteen Defendants, Including 15 Latin Kings, Named in Two Separate Indictments

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson and New York City Police Commissioner William J. Bratton today announced that 14 members of a Brooklyn “tribe” of the street gang the Latin Kings have been indicted on conspiracy and other charges for taking part in vicious attacks that left four victims maimed for life. Four other defendants, including a Latin King, are charged with kidnapping and other charges in a separate, unrelated indictment.


Statement of Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson on the new Marijuana Policy Announced by Mayor DeBlasio and Commissioner Bratton

"I applaud the Mayor’s decision to no longer arrest first-time offenders or individuals found in possession of small amounts of marijuana Citywide, similar to the approach that I have taken in Brooklyn."


Brooklyn Man Arraigned On Murder Indictment for Beating Death Of Three-Year-Old Stepdaughter, Faces Up To Life in Prison

Defendant Also Indicted For Assaulting Her Five-Year-Old Brother

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson today announced that a Bushwick man has been arraigned on a seven-count indictment charging him with second-degree murder and other charges in connection with the beating death of his three-year-old stepdaughter, Jeida Torres, and the assault of his five-year-old stepson, Andrew Torres.


Brooklyn Man Who Shot Stranger On Subway Sentenced To 18 Years In Prison

Victim Shot In Face In Unprovoked Attack On ‘3’ Train At Saratoga Avenue

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson today announced that a Crown Heights man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison following his conviction on second-degree attempted murder and other charges for shooting an unarmed man who was a complete stranger in the face on a ‘3’ train.


Two Police Officers Indicted For Assaulting Teenager During Arrest In Crown Heights Captured on Video Tape


From left to right: Chief of the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Hate Crimes Unit Marc Fleidner, DA Ken Thompson and Chief Assistant District Attorney
Eric Gonzalez

One Officer Allegedly Struck A 16-Year-Old Boy In The Mouth With His Gun Allegedly Breaking His Teeth While Another Officer Allegedly Punched Him in the Face

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson today announced that two New York City Police Department officers have been charged with assaulting a 16-year-old boy during a recent arrest in Crown Heights.