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...Instead of focusing on proposals that have failed in Congress, like gun buyers’ background checks and ammunition limits, the new group, Prosecutors Against Gun Violence, is intent on exchanging expertise and tactics they have developed against gun violence by gangs, in domestic abuse situations, in tracking black-market gun runners, and in dealing with mental health issues and guns. “We all have practices that can help each other get better,” said the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus Vance Jr., the coalition’s co-chairman, after its first meeting last week in Atlanta.

DA Vance announced the indictment of Arun Ganguly for defrauding investment funds, start-up companies, and high-net-worth individuals by convincing them to hire him based on false pretenses, stolen identities, forged documents, and fictitious emails. Ganguly is charged in an indictment in New York State Supreme Court with one count each of Grand Larceny in the Second and Third Degrees, Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, and 52 counts of Identity Theft in the First Degree, among other charges. 

DA Vance announced the sentencing of Shigetaka Ogihara, an attorney, to 3-to-9 years in state prison for stealing approximately $1.8 million from one of his clients. On April 7, 2014, Ogihara previously pleaded guilty in New York State Supreme Court to Grand Larceny in the First Degree. As part of his plea, OGIHARA also signed a confession of judgment to his victim in the amount of $1.7 million. 

DA Vance announced the sentencing of Paul Lee, a/k/a “Gangsta,” to 17 ½ years in state prison, plus five years post-release supervision, for the sale of more than a dozen illegal firearms to undercover officers. On August 19, 2014, Lee pleaded guilty in New York State Supreme Court to felony charges of Criminal Sale of a Firearm in the First Degree and Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree.

DA Vance announced the indictment of Jason Ahialey for defrauding the Internal Revenue Service, New York State, and numerous Manhattan residents by fraudulently filing tax returns with his victims’ personal information and Social Security numbers, and directing the funds to accounts linked to debit cards possessed by the defendant. Ahialey is charged in New York State Supreme Court with Grand Larceny in the Third and Fourth Degrees, Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, and multiple counts of Identity Theft in the First and Second Degrees.