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DA Vance announced the sentencing of Paul Grossman to 16 years in state prison and 10 years of post-release supervision for raping a 32-year-old woman in his Turtle Bay apartment in April 2014. On February 2, 2015, a New York State Supreme Court jury found Grossman guilty of Rape and Sexual Abuse in the First Degrees.

DA Vance announced the indictment of Yugeshwar Rajkumar, a talent booking agent who used the name “Mateo Rajkumar” or “Matthew Rajkumar” professionally, and several of the entities he operated in Manhattan – American Talent Agency, Inc., American Talent Agency, LLC., Kayvana Entertainment, LLC., and Mateo Productions, Inc. – for stealing more than $1.3 million from multiple event promoters by promising to book famous recording artists for clients and instead pocketing the money intended to pay for the performances. The defendants are charged in an indictment in New York State Supreme Court with Grand Larceny in the Second and Third Degrees, as well as Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree.

DA Vance announced the indictment of James Dixon for punching Islan Nettles, a 21-year-old transgender female, in the head following an argument in August 2013. The victim died from her injuries several days later. The defendant is charged in an indictment in New York State Supreme Court with one count each of Manslaughter in the First and Second Degrees, and Assault in the First Degree.

DA Vance announced the trial conviction of Richard Hovan, a former high school teacher in the Bronx, for the statutory rape of a 16-year-old student in April and May 2011. A New York State Supreme Court jury found Hovan guilty of all of the charges in the indictment against him: five counts of Rape in the Third Degree, three counts of Criminal Sexual Act in the Third Degree, and one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child. He is expected to be sentenced on March 24, 2015.

DA Vance announced the indictments of Steven Hernandez for engaging in schemes to defraud financing companies and Manhattan businesses to steal copy machine lease agreement proceeds by negotiating fraudulent and fictitious office equipment leases and falsifying supporting documents, as well as Johanna Dionicio and Macallister Wells, for working with Hernaandez -- and independently -- to steal proceeds from fictitious lease agreements. Hernandez is charged in an indictment in New York State Supreme Court with Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second and Third Degrees, Identity Theft in the First Degree, and Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree. Dionicio and Wells are charged in a separate indictment in New York State Supreme Court with two counts of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree for assisting Hernandez with the thefts from the leasing companies, as well as a third count of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree for a separate incident.