The NYPD and the FBI are asking for the public’s assistance in locating two individuals wanted for questioning in regards to the Chelsea bombing.
The men were seen on surveillance video when they allegedly took a piece of luggage from the sidewalk on West 27th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, removed an improvised explosive device from the bag and left the area, leaving the device behind but taking the luggage. Police said that they took the bag on Saturday between 8 and 9 p.m., the same hour that the explosive device detonated on West 23rd Street.
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and District Attorney Cyrus Vance at City Hall (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)
By Maria Rocha-Buschel
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney called on Congress to prevent anonymous shell corporations from laundering money on behalf of criminals and terrorist organizations this past Monday.
Maloney was joined by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance and former FBI special agent Konrad Motyka, who voiced their support for legislation that the congresswoman introduced in February that would expose the anonymous corporations.
Maloney emphasized that transparency would prevent criminals from hiding their identities behind these shell corporations.
“When investigators are tracking illegal activity, they’ll hit a shell corporation and won’t be able to figure out who it is,” she said. “There’s no way to tell if it’s a foreign dictator or a drug cartel.”
Vance noted that the anonymity provided by these shell corporations is due to a glaring loophole, while there are protections in place against money laundering elsewhere.
“If you want to open a bank account, it’s more information that you need to provide than if you want to open a corporation and move millions of dollars,” he said. “It’s time that states stood up and said that the minimum info is at least required.”