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Prosecutors from major cities across the United States announced the formation Wednesday of an alliance to combat gun violence, even as national gun control legislation is frozen on Capitol Hill. An October summit of the prosecutors, which organizers say will be the first of its kind, is notable for both the range of cities represented—Milwaukee’s lead prosecutor will sit side by side with Los Angeles’—and for the cooperation among disparate offices.“What I want to achieve at the end of the day is to have very smart, dedicated people get together and start to talk about gun violence, and put the voice of prosecutors into this debate,” New York County District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr., co-chair of the new Prosecutors Against Gun Violence, told TIME in an interview. “We want to share what’s working for us.”

As concerns mount over shootings and mass killings, prosecutors from 23 jurisdictions have formed a coalition to combat gun violence by sharing information on programs that work and copying effective state laws. The group, Prosecutors Against Gun Violence, includes attorneys from several major metropolitan centers including Manhattan, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, Seattle, Miami, Houston and Milwaukee. The non-partisan coalition will focus on issues such as reducing gang violence, weapons trafficking, the connection between domestic violence and gun violence, the link between mental illness and gun violence.

In a groundbreaking effort to combat gun violence, 23 prosecutors representing major jurisdictions throughout the United States announced the formation of PROSECUTORS AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE. PAGV, an independent, non-partisan coalition founded and co-chaired by DA Vance and Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, will identify and promote prosecutorial and policy solutions to the national public health and safety crisis of gun violence.

Mr. Wada and Ms. York were indicted on charges of running a rental fraud that swindled dozens of victims for more than $60,000 over four months, the Manhattan district attorney’s office announced on Tuesday.

“Prospective renters lost thousands of dollars in this alleged scheme, which left several of them temporarily homeless,” the district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., said in a statement. “Many of the victims were young, first-time New Yorkers who believed they had signed a legitimate lease only to find out when attempting to move in that their new apartment was already occupied.”

It was hardly the first time people had been swindled during their hunt for a New York apartment, but the indictment outlined a distinctly modern approach to the art of the con.

DA Vance announced the indictment of Matthew Wada and Jennifer York for engaging in an apartment rental scam that defrauded more than 20 victims – many of whom were moving to New York City for the first time – out of approximately $60,000 dollars. Following an investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and the NYPD’s 6th and 9th Precincts, the indictments charge the defendants with Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree and multiple counts of Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree. WADA is also charged with Grand Larceny in the Third Degree.