New York Identity Theft Up 50 Percent, Says Manhattan D.A.

By Colby Adams and Brian Orsak

Instances of cybercrime and identity theft in New York City rose 50 percent over the past five years, while some municipal precincts are citing the violations more than any other crime. Overall, the crimes have grown at an "alarming rate" in New York, according to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, who cited the figures during a speech at the 16th Annual International Anti-Money Laundering Conference. The Manhattan office reviews 200 to 300 cases per month, he said, in his comments. "The threat is growing and it's real," said Vance, during the speech. The office, which launched a unit to fight...