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Williamsville man sentenced to 51 months in prison for wire fraud, tax evasion

A Williamsville man who was convicted of wire fraud and tax evasion has been sentenced to serve 51 months in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci Jr., according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Prosecutors said 56-year-old Robert C. Logel was previously convicted in 2009 of defrauding two victims of nearly $3 million and sentenced to 48 months in prison. Within months of his release from prison, Logel entered into a scheme involving the production, distribution and sale of two skin and health care products, but made false representations regarding his ability to distribute and market the products.

The vast majority of the funds instead went to Logel for his personal use, including to make car payments, college tuition, rent and cosmetic surgery. Six victims collectively lost more than $560,000 in the scheme.

Logel failed to file income tax returns for 2004 to 2007, resulting in a loss to the IRS of $5.57 million, prosecutors said.

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