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DA Vance announced the sentencing of Walter Walker to 20 years in state prison, and Earl Campbell to 16 years in state prison for their roles as the ringleaders of two separate illegal trafficking organizations that moved guns from North and South Carolina and then sold them to undercover detectives in New York City. On December 19, 2014, Walker pleaded guilty in New York State Supreme Court to two counts of Criminal Sale of Firearms in the First Degree, as well as one count each of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the First Degree and Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree. On April 13, 2015, Campbell pleaded guilty to one count each of Criminal Sale of Firearms in the First Degree, Criminal Sale of Firearms in the Second Degree, and Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree. 

The Manhattan district attorney’s office charged New York broker-dealer Robert Depalo with running a sophisticated investment fraud, following a yearslong investigation that the office nearly dropped after hitting a dead-end. Prosecutors alleged in court documents that Mr. Depalo duped more than 20 high-net-worth investors in London into pouring $6.5 million into a fraudulent investment vehicle called Pangaea Trading Partners LLC. The Securities and Exchange Commission filed similar civil charges Wednesday afternoon.

DA Vance announced the indictment of Robert Depalo, Joshua Gladtke, Pangaea Trading Partners, LLC., and Excalibur Asset Management, LLC., for defrauding foreign investors based in the United Kingdom out of approximately $6.5 million through a private offering in New York. The defendants are charged in an indictment in New York State Supreme Court with Grand Larceny in the First Degree, Money Laundering in the First Degree, Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the First Degree, among other charges. Additionally, Depalo is charged with Criminal Tax Fraud. The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) conducted its own parallel investigation and is also bringing charges today.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., and partners in media, government, and community-based organizations joined together to host a Fraud Prevention Week in order to increase awareness of common scams and frauds committed against immigrants. The weeklong event series was organized in partnership with WXTV Univision 41, El Diario, WADO 1280 AM, and 92.7 AM, and involved an awareness campaign, phone bank, and community forum in Northern Manhattan.

The man who stabbed an 18-month-old boy and four adults with a pair of scissors in Riverside Park in 2013 was sentenced to 23 years in prison Tuesday, the Manhattan District Attorney said. Julius Graham, 44, pled guilty to to four counts of first-degree assault and one count of second-degree assault last month, prosecutors said. He will serve his term in state prison and have five years of post-release supervision, the DA said.