White Plains man indicted on eight counts of mail fraud

Local businessman Alan Walker, 65, was arraigned in federal court in White Plains Wednesday on charges of defrauding celebrity clients out of thousands of dollars.

The White Plains resident has worked for the Program Corporation of America the past 30 years, booking nationwide speaking engagements for stars like Robert Redford, Andy Rooney, James Earl Jones, boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter and some 2,000 others. But prosecutors say while Walker's been collecting, the celebrities he's been booking have been stiffed. Walker's lawyer Raymond Granger says the charges have been blown out of proportion. Granger says his client never denied that he's been behind on a couple of payments, but he does continue to pay his clients. Walker was exposed by newsman Andy Rooney. The 60 Minutes commentator wasn't too happy when he didn't get his $20,000 speaking fee for a speech he gave March 26 at Indiana State University. Rooney blasted Walker on national television.Walker pleaded not guilty on eight counts of mail fraud. He is free on $250,000 bond.

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