Press Conferences


September 5, 2014

U.S. Returns Nine Stolen Miguel Cabrera Paintings to the Republic of Peru

NEW YORK, NY - U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara and FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge George Venizelos announce the repatriation of nine stolen 18th century paintings to the Republic of Peru.

Press Release
Remarks by U.S. Attorney Bharara(PDF)
Miguel Cabrera Painting "Resurrection of Lazarus"(PDF)

 

August 4, 2014

Federal Government Finds Pattern & Practice of Excessive Force & Violence at Rikers Island That Violates the Constitutional Rights of Adolescent Male Inmates

NEW YORK, NY - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara announce the completion of a multi-year civil investigation pursuant to the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act into the conditions of confinement of adolescent male inmates on Rikers Island. The investigation, which focused on use of force by staff, inmate-on-inmate violence, and use of punitive segregation during the period 2011-2013, concluded that there is a pattern and practice of conduct at Rikers Island that violates the rights of adolescents protected by the Eighth Amendment and the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution. The investigation found that adolescent inmates are not adequately protected from physical harm due to the rampant use of unnecessary and excessive force by New York City Department of Correction staff and violence inflicted by other inmates. In addition, the investigation found that the New York City Department of Correction relies too heavily on punitive segregation as a disciplinary measure, placing adolescent inmates in what amounts to solitary confinement at an alarming rate and for excessive periods of time. Many of the adolescent inmates are particularly vulnerable because they suffer from mental illness.

Press Release
Press Conference Visuals (PDF)

 

July 10, 2014

U.S. Returns Fossils Of Over 18 Dinosaur Skeletons To Mongolia

NEW YORK, NY - U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara and Special Agent-in-Charge James T. Hayes, Jr., of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations announce the return to the Mongolian government of the fossilized remains of over 18 dinosaur skeletons, including two Tyrannosaurus bataar skeletons that were unlawfully taken from Mongolia. The Office already returned one Tyrannosaurus bataar, fully prepared for display, to Mongolia in a ceremony held in May 2013. The repatriation represents the culmination of a two-year effort to return numerous dinosaur fossils that were unlawfully taken from Mongolia, some of which were illegally smuggled into the United States using false customs importation documents, and some of which were voluntarily forfeited to the United States for return to Mongolia despite never having been brought into the country. That two-year effort included two successful civil forfeiture law suits, a successful criminal investigation and prosecution, and separate civil actions undertaken to secure the transfer of the groups of fossils.

Press Release
Remarks by U.S. Attorney Bharara(PDF)
Press Conference Visuals (PDF)

 

June 19, 2014

Charges Announced Against Two Dutchess County Men for Alleged Distribution of 'Breaking Bad' Heroin That Caused the Deaths of Three Individuals

WHITE PLAINS, NY - U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, Dutchess County District Attorney William V. Grady, DEA Acting Special Agent-in-Charge James J. Hunt, and Dutchess County Sheriff Adrian H. Anderson announce the unsealing of a federal criminal complaint charging Dennis Sica and John Rohlman, both of Dutchess County, with distributing heroin, the use of which caused the overdose deaths of three individuals. Sica and Rohlman were presented in White Plains federal court before the Honorable Lisa Margaret Smith, United States Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of New York.

Press Release
Remarks by U.S. Attorney Bharara(PDF)
Press Conference Visuals (PDF)
Charging Document(PDF)

 

May 19, 2014

Charges Announced in Connection With Blackshades Malicious Software That Enabled Users Around the World to Secretly and Remotely Control Victims' Computers

NEW YORK, NY - U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara and FBI Special Operations and Cyber Division Special Agent-in-Charge Leo Taddeo announce the unsealing of an indictment charging Alex Yucel, the owner of an organization known as "Blackshades," that since 2010, has sold and distributed to thousands of people in more than 100 countries a sophisticated and pernicious form of malicious software, or "malware," known as the Blackshades Remote Access Tool, or "RAT." The RAT was co-created by Yucel and has been used to infect computers throughout the world to spy on victims through their web cameras, steal files and account information, and log victims' key strokes. Also unsealed were criminal complaints against Brendan Johnston, who was paid by Blackshades to help market and sell malware, including the RAT, and provide technical assistance to its users; Kyle Fedorek, who purchased the RAT and used it to steal online account information from hundreds of victims; and Marlen Rappa, who purchased the RAT and used it to spy on dozens of victims and steal online account information.

Press Release
Remarks by U.S. Attorney Bharara(PDF)
Press Conference Visuals (PDF)
Charging Documents

 

May 9, 2014

Return of Masterpiece Linked to Bank Fraud to the Government of Brazil Announced

NEW YORK, NY - U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara and Special Agent-in-Charge James T. Hayes, Jr., of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations announce the return of a painting by Serge Poliakoff called "Composition abstraite [Abstract composition]" to Brazil at a repatriation ceremony at the United States Attorney's Office in Manhattan, New York. The painting was smuggled into the United States in violation of U.S. customs law and was forfeited to the United States as a result of civil forfeiture action brought by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Manhattan.

Press Release
Remarks by U.S. Attorney Bharara(PDF)
Remarks by National Secretary of Justice Paulo Abrão Pires Junior(PDF)
2nd Amended Complaint (PDF)
Composition Abstraite (PDF)

 

May 7, 2014

Return of 10th Century Sandstone Sculpture to the Kingdom of Cambodia Announced

NEW YORK, NY - U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara and Special Agent-in-Charge James T. Hayes, Jr., of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations announce the return of the Duryodhana, a 10th Century sandstone sculpture, to the Kingdom of Cambodia. The return of the Duryodhana follows the settlement of a civil forfeiture action filed by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, which alleged that the Duryodhana was stolen from the Prasat Chen temple at Koh Ker in 1972 by an organized looting network, and ultimately imported into the United States and offered for sale by Sotheby's Inc. The settlement of the civil forfeiture action, which was approved by United States District Judge George B. Daniels on December 16, 2013, required Sotheby's and the customer selling the Duryodhana, Decia Ruspoli de Poggia Suasa, to return the sculpture to the Kingdom of Cambodia.

Press Release
Remarks by U.S. Attorney Bharara(PDF)
Amended Complaint: (PDF)
Stipulation and Settlement: (PDF)

 

April 1, 2014

NYC Press Availability With U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder After Congratulatory Visit With SDNY Prosecutors Responsible for Sulaiman Abu Ghayth Conviction



Remarks by U.S. Attorney Bharara


January 7, 2014

Criminal Charges & Deferred Prosecution Agreement With JPMorgan Chase Bank in Connection With Bernard L. Madoff's Multi-Billion Dollar Ponzi Scheme Announced

NEW YORK, NY - U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara and FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge George Venizelos announce criminal charges against JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. consisting of two felony violations of the Bank Secrecy Act, in connection with the bank's relationship with Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities. Mr. Bharara also announces an agreement with JPMorgan, under which the Bank agreed to accept responsibility for its conduct by stipulating to the accuracy of an extensive Statement of Facts; to pay a $1.7 billion penalty to the victims of the Madoff fraud through a parallel civil forfeiture complaint; to refrain from future criminal conduct and cooperate fully with the Government; and to continue reforms of its Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering compliance program. The criminal charges are contained in a two-count felony Information. Assuming the bank's continued compliance with the agreement, the Government has agreed to defer prosecution on the Information for a period of two years, after which time the Government will seek to dismiss the charges.

Press Release
Remarks by U.S. Attorney Bharara(PDF)
Press Conference Visuals(PDF)
Deferred Prosecution Agreement & Supporting Documents(PDF)

 

 

 



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