On Thursday, March 22, 2018, it was announced that two New York City employees had been charged with theft of government funds and wire fraud. Eric Luna, who worked with the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development, and Igor Goldshteyn, an employee with the New York City Fire Department, had been charged. Goldshteyn was arrested at his residence in Staten Island, while Luna was arrested outside of the DYCD Manhattan headquarters.
According to the allegations, in April of 2017, DOI investigators discovered that from at least August of 2017, hundreds of mobile telecommunications devices purchased by the DYCD and FDNY for use by agency personnel were improperly diverted by the defendants. Both agencies receive federal funds. Luna and Goldshteyn offered the devices for sale through third-party vendors online. The proceeds from the sales were deposited into the defendants’ personal checking and online accounts.
In separate complaints, 35-year-old Eric Luna of Bronx and 42-year-old Goldshteyn of Staten Island are each charged with theft of federal funds and wire fraud. At this point in time, the defendants are considered innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. Additional details have been made available here.