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.