MANHATTAN - Manhattan district attorney candidate Dan Quart sat down with Law360 to discuss how he’s ready to prosecute white collar and financial crimes on day one. As district attorney, Quart will protect workers and tenants from unscrupulous landlords and corporations and create a first in the nation cyber court to protect Manhattanites affected by everyday cybercrime.
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[...] Candidate Dan Quart, a New York state assemblyman, said the issue is not about having a turf war with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, but about holding people accountable. As DA for some 1.6 million Manhattanites, Quart said it would be his responsibility to ensure things like securities trading are being conducted fairly and that no one is gaming the system.
"So I don't see that as solely the jurisdiction or solely the work product of the federal government," Quart told Law360. "Equally so, I have a responsibility to the people of Manhattan to hold that sort of criminal conduct accountable in a courtroom."
Quart, the assemblyman, said if any person or corporate entity "double-dipped, tripled-dipped or did anything where it sought to take multiple loans from the government" through misrepresentation, the individual or entity should be prosecuted if there's evidence of such misconduct.
"We will have the resources necessary to address that type of problem that likely did occur during the pandemic," Quart said. "We'll just have to determine how widespread it is."
For his part, Quart has plans to overhaul the office's cybercrime prosecutions. He said Vance's efforts in this area have been focused on large-scale cyber criminal misconduct, which while appropriate shouldn't be the only area of such crimes the office is looking at. Quart proposes redirecting resources to investigate and prosecute everyday cybercrime that affects average New Yorkers.
"Whether it's a credit card scam or a confidence scam ... that steals $2,000, $5,000, $1,500 from a working person. That's the difference between them paying the rent and being able to put food on the table," Quart said. "So to me, that's what the office should reallocate its resources towards."
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