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Car dealer sentenced for money laundering

Jerry Robbins, 45, of Cheektowaga, the former operator of the Finish Line Auto Sales dealership on Bailey Avenue, was ordered Wednesday by U.S. District Court Judge Thomas J. McAvoy in Buffalo, to serve a 63 month federal prison term for his conviction in an alleged money laundering scheme.

A jury convicted him in November of money laundering and failure to report cash transactions of $10,000 or more while he was helping Buffalo drug dealers launder proceeds of the crimes by selling them high-end used cars.

Prosecutors Joel L. Violanti and Edward H. White said Robbins would use the name of another person on the sales and title paperwork on the used luxury cars he sold dealers for between $10,500 and $45,000 to disguise the true purchaser and source of the money for the sale. The two assistant U.S. attorneys said Robbins would also list only a small deposit as having been received from a third party when the drug dealers in the past two decades would pay cash in full for the cars. That means Robbins violated federal law on listing the price of car sales. He was indicted in 2010.