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DA Vance, NYPD Commissioner Bratton, DOI Commissioner Peters, and FDNY Commissioner Nigro today announced the indictment of Maria Hrynenko, Michael Hrynenko, Athanasios Ioannidis, Dilber Kukic, and Andrew Trombettas in connection with a deadly gas explosion that occurred at 121 Second Avenue on March 26, 2015. The defendants are charged in a New York State Supreme Court indictment with Manslaughter in the Second Degree, Criminally Negligent Homicide, Assault in the Second Degree, and Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, among other charges.

A former Manhattan attorney who was convicted of stealing more than $2.1 million from three clients was sentenced Wednesday to three to nine years in state prison. According to the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, Philip Teplen, 58, represented a client in April 2011 who obtained a $3.5 million loan from a financing company. The client named Teplen as his agent, which allowed him to control loan disbursments. Teplen used about $2 million of that money for his own personal expenses and to pay back other clients from whom he had stolen, the DA's office said.

DA Vance announced the sentencing of Philip Teplen to 3-to-9 years in state prison for stealing more than $2 million from three clients. On January 22, 2016, Teplen pleaded guilty in New York State Supreme Court to Grand Larceny in the First and Second Degrees.

DA Vance announced the trial conviction of Karmik Grant-Byas for running a sex trafficking ring between May 2012 and November 2013, and forcibly trafficking two women over the course of the operation. A New York State Supreme Court jury found the defendant guilty of two counts of Sex Trafficking and one count of Promoting Prostitution in the Third Degree. Grant-Byas is expected to be sentenced on February 26, 2016.

DA Vance announced the indictment of Jeremy Wilson for engaging in a variety of forgery and larceny schemes in New York and Boston. The defendant is charged in a New York State Supreme Court indictment with Forgery in the Second Degree, Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree, and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Third and Fourth Degrees.