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Press Release # 139
Thursday, November 21, 2002

New York City Police Department Announces Three Arrests And Recovery Of More Than $37,000 In Stolen Computer Equipment In Operation Computer Crash

The New York City Police Department today announced it had arrested three people as part of Operation Computer Crash, a one-month investigation into an illegal fencing operation for stolen computer equipment based in the 61st Precinct. Of those arrested, Isaac Abady, 51, and Peter Lang, 45, were charged with Grand Larceny and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property, and Dali Zhu, 26, was charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property.

The NYPD's Computer Investigation and Technology Unit launched the operation in October, when it suspected that the retail store Computer Software Plus at 1722 Kings Highway was running an illegal fencing operation. Undercover detectives posed as sellers of stolen computer equipment and completed four illegal sales. Police discovered that Abady and Lang had received more than $100,000 in stolen computer equipment and had resold them through the store and via the Internet.

A search warrant was executed at the store on Nov. 20, and detectives recovered computers and software valued at more than $16,000. During the execution of the search warrant, the third suspect, Zhu, arrived at the store with stolen computer software worth $21,000.

The operation was conducted with the Rackets Bureau and Financial and Fraud Investigators Unit of the Kings County District Attorney's Office.

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