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Bill Heltzel has covered criminal justice, courts, government and sports – as a beat reporter and investigative reporter – for daily newspapers in Florida, Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. He worked for Bloomberg LP in training and sales. He joined The Business Journal in 2016.

Mamaroneck watchdogs and gadflys win right to witness government meetings

“The Open Meetings Law was intended, as its very name suggests, to open the decision-making process of elected officials to the public,” according to the justices.

Prison sentence for $2M Westchester fraud marks former Stamford CPA’s fall...

“He deliberately chose to use his intelligence, education and career success to exploit, manipulate and defraud,” a prosecutor wrote in a sentencing memo.

Former Kushner exec sues New Rochelle ex-hedge fund exec for $14.9M

“Mr. Nordlicht has engaged in a complex, far-reaching scheme to alienate assets and property to make himself judgment proof,” the complaint states.

New Rochelle ‘contractor’ accused of defrauding fellow church members

The allegations depict affinity fraud, whereby an individual preys on members of a religious organization, ethnic community or professional group by exploiting their friendship and trust.

Judge finds ‘shocking level of self-dealing’ in Rye Brook broker’s $13M...

Without the restraining order, Ostrager said, “the wind-down of the fund will likely proceed in a manner that furthers Allen’s self-interest to the detriment of the limited partners.”

White Plains businesswoman accused of $891,000 in kickbacks for $8.4M contract

Gabriela Bratkovics was arrested last month and charged in Manhattan federal court with conspiracy, honest services fraud, bank fraud and bribery.

Archie and the Riverdale High gang go to court

Archie is best known for wholesome characters Archie Andrews, Jughead Jones, Betty Cooper and Veronica Lodge and for their antics at idyllic Riverdale High School, but there is agita at Archie's Pelham headquarters.

NJ coffee company sues Elmsford roaster Barrie House for $6M

“We vehemently deny all the allegations in the complaint,” Tab Rosenfeld, Barrie House’s Manhattan attorney, responded. He said Office Coffee owes money to Barrie House and his client plans to file a counterclaim to collect the debt.

Liberty Tax Service sues to block ex-White Plains franchise for $250K

“Liberty Tax has been sued repeatedly for noncompliance,” Enyaye said. “It was no good for our business, so we severed our relationship with them.”

Leave the dishes, take the cannoli: Partner sues partner in New...

New Roc Pizza, the complaint states, is “funded in large part by the misappropriation of plaintiff’s financial and commercial interest invested in Joey’s Cannoli Inc.”

IRS $2.9M Hudson Valley estate tax case survives legal challenge

The government sufficiently alleged that Carla Marin “engaged in self-dealing of estate assets for her own personal benefit,” Briccetti found, “thereby depriving the estate of significant rental income.”

Neighbors sue Yorktown over garden center’s ‘secret’ site plan

“This is a case about the town board catering to special interests,” the complaint states, “by illegally granting site plan approval to Garden Supply in a clandestine manner.”

Jägermeister tells clothing company not cool to trademark ‘kühl’

A trademark should not be used, Jägermeister argues, to prevent a subsidiary of a German company from selling a product with a German name that uses a common German word to describe and advertise itself.

East Fishkill Fire District sues over glitches in $1M ladder truck

“The defects related to the truck’s bucket and ladder have rendered the truck absolutely useless” the complaint states, “for its intended purpose of being used in rescue operations.”

Rockland’s Chartwell Pharma says FDA delays cost it $1M

“It is incomprehensible,” the complaint states, that Woodfield “would have so little regard for Chartwell, as its customer, and … efforts at bringing the product to market.”