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As construction accidents have surged, Manhattan prosecutors are pushing to bring criminal charges against builders they say have sacrificed worker safety for profits.

A onetime theater agent was arrested Friday and charged with bilking his friends by raising money for a nonexistent Broadway play that he claimed was to star the actress Lupita Nyong’o. Roland Scahill, 41, was arraigned on charges of stealing money through a fraudulent investment scheme. He pleaded not guilty.

According to documents filed in court by the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., Mr. Scahill stole a total of $165,000 from seven people he persuaded to invest in the play through a scheme that began in October 2014.

DA Vance announced the indictment of Roland Scahill for stealing $165,000 from seven people through a fraudulent investment scheme in a fake Broadway play. The defendant is charged in a New York State Supreme Court indictment with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Second Degree, Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, and Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree. 

A criminal defense attorney and a paralegal who were convicted of bribing a New York City Criminal Justice Agency employee to steer potential clients to them were each given prison sentences of three to nine years on Wednesday. Attorney Benjamin Yu, 38, and Jose Nuñez, 49, a paralegal who was working for Yu, were convicted in May of second-degree bribery, fourth-degree conspiracy and 13 counts of second-degree rewarding official misconduct.

A home health aide who stole $260,000 by cashing forged checks — ripping off her 99-year-old widow she worked for — got up to 4 1/2 years in prison on Friday. Stephany Hernandez, 25, pleaded guilty in July to grand larceny in exchange for an incarceration stint of 1 ½-to-4 ½ years, and agreed to pay back the sum she stole, according to the Manhattan District Attorney.