The media has picked up the torch of New York comedian Matt Fisher, whose family has been battling Progressive Insurance since his sister was killed in a car crash in 2010. According to Mr. Fisher’s Tumblr posting, his sister’s insurance company actually got its lawyer to defend the driver at fault for the accident, just so it wouldn’t have to pay out her policy to the grieving family.
Menachem Youlus spun wild tales of daring and adventure in which he was the kippah-wearing hero, ferreting out Nazi-purloined Torah scrolls all over Europe, but his stories were money-making fictions. On Thursday Rabbi Youlus pleaded guilty to embezzling or defrauding contributors to his “Save a Torah” charity to the tune of $862,000. Read More
On Tuesday, we reported that the NYPD had arrested a second man in relation to the +20 sexual attacks in the Park Slope/Sunset Park area since March. The 32-year-old Midtown bartender Joshua Flecha was caught trying to break into a car…or at least that’s what detectives thought until they realized that he was actually looking at a pornography on his phone and pleasuring himself. One correct identification by a witness relating to a May 7th attack, and it looked like between Mr. Flecha and Adolfo Martinez (the first man arrested last week, who has already confessed to a groping), the case might be shut.
Except… Read More
Usually when someone wants to become a criminal, they either have to be born into it (like Michael Corleone) or spend years proving their mastermind skills (Sean Connery in The Rock). That’s just how the law works. Very rarely are bad guys just allowed to watch a Ben Affleck movie and then recreate the scenarios in order to get off with heists. Which is just the sort of ingenious thinking a group of Brooklyn crooks used to evade the police when they did exactly that: taking the best plot devices from The Town to get away with…well, not murder. But a bunch of robberies. And they didn’t wear the nun masks. Read More
Who knew that the United Nations had their guests pimping in such style? Well, besides the one carjacker who managed to steal a $100,000 Mercedes Benz on loan to senior United Arab Emirates diplomat Saeed al Shamsi. While his employer was busy with international politicking, Mr. Shamsi’s driver, Ghulan Rehmani, popped into a bodega for some tea and left the highly expensive car double-parked “for only a minute.” As this is New York City, that one minute tea-run (minus steeping time, we’re assuming) was just long enough for somebody to come along and jack the blue Benz. Read More
Republicans are still expected to try ousting Democratic State Senator Kevin Parker of Brooklyn, but at least he avoids jail time. Today, he was sentenced to three years probation for assaulting a New York Post photographer back in May 2009. The DA who tried the case, Dan Donovan of Staten Island, “applaud[ed]” the decision. Read More
Robert Joel “Joe” Halderman, the would-be blackmailer of many names and few criminal wiles, began his jail sentence today. He received six months for attempting to extort $2 million from David Letterman.
Halderman had defended himself by claiming that he was just trying to sell Letterman the rights to a compelling story about Read More
“I can remain silent no longer!” writes Roman Polanski in La Regle du Jeu: he’s kept quiet since his arrest last September in Zurich, but no more. For one thing, February testimony from a deputy D.A. constitutes “a new development of immense significance”; for another, even his victim keeps asking for proceedings to Read More