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DA Vance announced the guilty plea of Pavel Sukhorukov for stealing more than $50,000 through a scheme in which he used a fake identity to rent two different Manhattan apartments, and left without paying. Sukhorukov pleaded guilty in New York State Supreme Court to all of the charges in the indictment against him, including Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree, and Theft of Services.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. today announced the indictment of nine defendants for participating in a major fraud conspiracy that resulted in the theft of approximately $2.7 million in federal public assistance funds. MENWER AMIN, 52, TALAL JUDAH, 56, SAMIR JOUDEH, 50, WAEL JOUDEH, 48, YUNIOR TINEO, 48, EDWIN VARGAS, 24, ANWAR AL HAJEH, 20, NOUFA AL HAJEH, 18, and MN-SUZAN FOOD CORP. are charged in a New York State Supreme Court indictment with Grand Larceny in the First Degree, Money Laundering in the Second Degree, Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, and other felony charges.

DA Vance announced the indictments of 13 individuals, including current and former employees of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, for wrongfully obtaining and distributing questions and answers to exams required to become a licensed train conductor or locomotive engineer. The defendants are charged in multiple indictments in New York State Supreme Court with Impairing the Integrity of a Government Licensing Examination.

Prosecutors have charged 35 people with allegedly selling cocaine and heroin in Washington Heights. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton announced the suspects are being charged for their alleged roles in two separate drug operations.

Criminals form shell companies in the U.S. because states allow them to remain anonymous, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance testified before a House task force in Washington, D.C., Wednesday. "On a near-daily basis we encounter a company or network of companies involved in suspicious activity, but we are unable to glean who is actually controlling and benefiting from those entities, and from their illicit activity," Mr. Vance said. "In other words, we can’t identify the criminal."