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A Buffalo drug dealer pleaded guilty Wednesday to selling more than 40 grams of fentanyl to undercover federal drug enforcement officers. Michael Clark, 33, faces a minimum of five years to a maximum of 40 years in prison when he is sentenced April 30 before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. On three occasions during Ma…

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A Buffalo man who obtained images of child pornography over the internet that were later discovered by an undercover FBI agent faces a maximum 20 years in prison. Michael V. Secchiaroli, 32, pleaded guilty Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to possession of child pornography involving a prepubescent minor. Secchiaroli was found to possess images o…

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A Delaware man  pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court to the crime of interstate travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor. Austin Campbell, 45, of Smyrna, Del., began communicating on a social networking application with an undercover agent, according to the U.S. Attorney's office. Campbell was convinced that the agent was a 15-year-ol…

A Town of Tonawanda man faces a maximum 20 years in prison after pleading guilty Friday to a charge of possession of child pornography, according to the U.S Attorney's Office. Randy Rance, 56, also faces a $250,000 fine if convicted on the charge, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. Rance, in December 2016, distributed child pornography to an undercover investigator, th…

A Miami, Fla., woman has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and now faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison. Yordani Ramirez Salgado, 28, who stood before Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci Jr. Friday, admitted to conspiring with two others to use 129 counterfeit access devices to purchase gift cards at various Walmart stories in Erie, Niagar…

A Niagara Falls man faces 10 years in prison after pleading guilty Thursday to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Antonio Carr, 24, is scheduled for sentencing on April 6 before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. According to the U.S. Attorney's office, Carr had the weapon on July 28 when Niagara County probation officers performed a home visit at his girl…

A man from Puerto Rico who attempted to smuggle drugs into the U.S. from Canada at the Peace Bridge pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court to possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine. Joel Torres Diaz, 30, faces a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison and a maximum of 40 years behind bars. Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul C. P…

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A Chautauqua County man has pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter in the death of a North Tonawanda woman while she riding a motorcycle on Route 20A in Wyoming County. The July 9 collision also left three other motorcyclists seriously injured, Chautauqua authorities said. As part of the plea, Joshua D. Huntress, 29, of Mayville, admitted that his actions caused th…

A 47-year-old Niagara Falls woman faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison after pleading guilty in federal court on charges of attempting to cause a financial institution to fail to file a transaction report, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Georgina Fisher -- also known as Georgina Baratta -- was indicted on the charges by a federal grand jury in Januar…

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A Buffalo man who used his cellphone to record to a 3-year-old girl as she engaged in sexually explicit conduct pleaded guilty Thursday to production and possession of child pornography. Duke Jimenez, 34, faces a mandatory minimum 15-year prison sentence and a maximum 50 years in prison when he is sentenced April 16 by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. According…

A Buffalo man who was caught with cocaine after a minor traffic accident pleaded guilty Friday to a felony charge of criminal possession of a controlled substance. Musa Ramadan, 31, of Harvard Place was driving while his license was suspended in May 7 when he made a quick turn on Hertel Avenue, cutting off another motorist, which caused a minor crash,  according to the …

A Buffalo woman faces the possibly of a maximum 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to drug charges, the U.S. Attorneys Office reported. Damar Currie, 42,  pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of cocaine, before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo. Currie sold cocainey on three separate occasions between Dec. 10, 2014, and…

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A Williamsville husband and wife each face time in prison after pleading guilty to charges related to the husband's medical practice. Shaheen Hassanali, 45, pleaded guilty to filing a false tax return, and her husband, Riyaz, 57, pleaded guilty to receiving and delivering misbranded drugs. The charge against Shaheen Hassanali carries a maximum penalty of three years …

A Jamestown man pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court to possession with intent to distribute the synthetic drug methylenedioxy methamphetamine, also known as "Molly." Barrett Johnson, 34, could face a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison when he is sentenced Feb. 8 by District Judge Frank P. Geraci Jr. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Adler said Johnson…

A Buffalo home healthcare aide who fraudulently obtained nearly $11,000 in food stamps along with $40,500 in Medicaid benefits pleaded guilty Thursday to welfare fraud, officials said. Suzanne Smith, 50, of Athol Street, was one of three women charged with fraudulently receiving more than $107,000 in welfare benefits while together earning more than $500,000 in income a…