DA Alvin Bragg sets white collar crime priorities
The US Attorney’s Offices in Manhattan and Brooklyn and the State Attorney General aren’t the only ones prosecuting fraud in the Big Apple. Last week, we sat down with new Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg to discuss his office’s white-collar crime priorities. Mr. Bragg, who previously served as a prosecutor in both the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and as Deputy Chief of the New York State Attorney General’s Office, as well as Chief Legal and New York City Council Investigations – stressed that violent crime and street crime are his office’s top priorities, but he showed a keen awareness of the important role of the Manhattan District Attorney’s office with respect to crime in white collar worker and the tools at his disposal.
While mindful of the mandates of his federal and state colleagues, Mr. Bragg stressed the need for his office to prosecute important white-collar cases when such cases would be most justly brought by a local prosecutor, especially when consumers and businesses in the city are victims. . Throughout the discussion, District Attorney Bragg highlighted the work of the Bureau’s Financial Fraud Office, the Construction Fraud Task Force, and what he called “single sign-on.” of his Office with the public”. One area that DA Bragg considers a particular strength of his office is the fight against cybercrime. He discussed the prosecutor’s office’s exceptional cyber lab and praised his predecessor’s construction of the lab (it’s no coincidence that previous prosecutor Cy Vance recently announced he was joining Baker McKenzie to chair the practice of cybersecurity and corporate data security).