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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 Tonawanda man has been charged with possession and distribution of child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Dakar Young, 23, faces a minimum of five years and a maximum of 20 years if he is convicted on the charges, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Lamarque, who is handling the case, Young was arrest…

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…

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A Buffalo drug dealer was sentenced to 132 months in prison Monday by Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny. Anthony McCutcheon, 51, was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, 28 grams or more of crack cocaine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy …

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A Georgia man convicted of deliberately concealing his knowledge of felony crimes committed by two Oklahoma residents was sentenced Monday to two years probation and ordered to pay $147,004 in restitution by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Acara in Buffalo. The specific charge on which Wilfredo Sanio, 53, was convicted is misprision of a felony. Sanio concealed fraudu…

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A member of the Schuele Boys street gang was sentenced to time served on his conviction of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine. Demario James, 35, of Buffalo served more than 40 months in prison. James conspired with Michael Robertson and other Schuele Boys gang members and associates to distribute cocaine in…

Two Buffalo drug dealers face a maximum of life sentences after being convicted by a federal jury Wednesday on drug and weapons charges. Isiah Pierce, 34, and Larry Willis, 32, both were found guilty of possessing crack cocaine with intent to distribute, maintaining a drug involved premises, possessing firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking activities, and being fe…

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James P. Kennedy Jr. no longer is acting U.S. attorney for the Western District of New York. He has the job permanently. U.S. Attorney General Jefferson B. Sessions III announced that Kennedy will move into the post effective Friday. Kennedy has been serving as the acting U.S. Attorney since October 2016.

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A Buffalo man accused of selling drugs to an undercover officer was arrested Wednesday and charged by criminal complaint with intent to distribute and distribution of heroin, according to the U.S. Attorney's office. Jawayne Watkins, 29, faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison if he is convicted on the charges. Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy C. Lynch, who is h…

A Williamsville woman convicted of stealing her dead mother's Social Security checks has been sentenced to two years probation and a year of home detention by U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Arcara. Diane Cleversley, 68, failed to notify the Social Security Administration of her mother’s death in 2001 and, as a result, Social Security checks continued to be deposit…

Theodore Calhoun, 54, of Buffalo was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Acara  to 22 months in prison for selling cocaine. Calhoun was convicted of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine after he distributed one-ounce quantities of cocaine in exchange for $1,400 on three separate occasions between January and February of 2015, accordin…

A Buffalo man was convicted of a sole charge of conspiracy to possess, with intent to distribute marijuana. Arthur Clark, 29, was a courier for a commercial delivery service in the city when, between April and September of 2015,  he conspired with five others to ship, receive and distribute more than 50 packages containing marijuana that had been transported from Denver…

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A federal jury has returned an indictment against 12 Buffalo-Niagara area people charged in a conspiracy to sell cocaine, according to the U.S. Attorney's office. Eleven of them were arrested early Friday, while a 12th charged in the indictment was still being sought by law enforcement. Each of them faces a charge of conspiracy to distribute one kilogram or more of coca…