January 31, 2018 D.A. McMahon, NYPD, and Partners Commemorate 1-Year Anniversary of HOPE Program on Staten Island Today, Richmond County District Attorney Michael E. McMahon joined Borough President James Oddo, NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill, New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Commissioner Arlene Gonzalez-Sánchez, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, The Legal Aid Society, the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, the Staten Island Performing Provider System, the Staten Island Partnership for Community Wellness, and Staten Island providers – Community Health Action of Staten Island, Christopher’s Reason, and YMCA Counseling Services – to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Heroin Overdose Prevention & Education (HOPE) program. HOPE is the first of its kind diversion program in New York City to redirect low-level drug offenders in Staten Island, pre-arraignment, to community-based health and treatment services, instead of jail and prosecution. Developed specifically for Staten Island, HOPE brings together groups from across the spectrum of law enforcement, treatment and social service providers, multiple interdisciplinary city agencies, and the Staten Island community with the goal of reducing overdoses, improving health outcomes by exposing those in need to treatment options and resources, including harm reduction services and peer coaches, and improving public safety by reducing the criminal activity of participants in the program and diverting persons with addiction from the criminal justice system.
January 29, 2018 D.A. McMahon Announces Economic Crimes Bureau to Investigate and Prosecute Financial Crimes Richmond County District Attorney Michael E. McMahon today announced the formation of the Economic Crimes Bureau to investigate and prosecute all forms of financial crimes. This includes cases of fraud, grand larceny, identity theft, wage theft, and tax evasion. The Bureau will also handle cases of entitlement fraud such as Medicaid or unemployment fraud, construction fraud including the prosecution of construction site fatalities, and theft of goods or services. Additionally, the Economic Crimes Bureau assists RCDA by seeking the forfeiture of funds which were earned via illegal activity. Some of these assets come back to the Office, to be used in furthering the Office’s mission of preventing crime before it happens. McMahon also announced today that he has named ADA Jeffrey Curiale to serve as the Bureau’s inaugural Chief, with ADA Gregg Brown taking on the role of Deputy Bureau Chief.
January 11, 2018 D.A. McMahon, NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill, Borough President James Oddo Announce Projected 26% Decrease in Overdose Death Rate on Staten Island for 2017 Richmond County District Attorney Michael E. McMahon, NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill, and Borough President James Oddo today announced that there were 30 fewer deaths from drug overdoses on Staten Island in 2017 – a reduction of approximately 26% when compared to data from the previous year, according to preliminary information compiled through RCDA and NYPD’s Overdose Response Initiative. Final numbers are subject to change pending the results of toxicology reports. In 2016, there were a total of 116 overdose deaths compared to 86 suspected deaths in 2017. Additionally, there were 286 lives saved using the overdose reversal medication Naloxone in 2017.
January 5, 2018 D.A. McMahon and NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill: Employee Indicted for Selling Pills Out of Top Tomato Store Richmond County District Attorney Michael E. McMahon and NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill today announced the arrest and indictment of JOSEPH MILLAZO for selling pills out of a Top Tomato store on Staten Island where he worked. Two additional defendants, DANIEL CRISALLI, a former employee of the store, and an associate, SAM LANGONE, were also indicted for drug sales at separate locations. A search warrant execution at one of the defendant’s homes also yielded quantities of heroin.
January 2, 2018 D.A. McMahon and State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli: President of Staten Island Special Needs Pre-School and Wife Indicted for Stealing Approximately $771,000 in Public Funds Richmond County District Attorney Michael E. McMahon and State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced that DENNIS MOSESMAN and ELSIE MOSESMAN have been indicted on charges including Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a class C Felony, Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a class D Felony, and Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree for stealing approximately $771,000 in public funds by falsifying business records for The Gingerbread Learning Center, Inc., a pre-school serving special needs children aged three through five years on Staten Island. Throughout the course of the scheme, the defendants diverted public funds to purchase personal items including; landscaping for their home, car and insurance payments for their vehicles, flowers and other gifts for relatives, cell phone payments, personal purchases at Costco, life insurance, and also created a more than $100,000 no-show job for defendant ELSIE MOSESMAN.