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Good Morning, Buffalo: Former Buffalo police commissioner linked to 2006 letter seeking leniency for Peter Gerace

Good Morning, Buffalo: Former Buffalo police commissioner linked to 2006 letter seeking leniency for Peter Gerace

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May 13, 2021

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When he was a Buffalo Police deputy commissioner, Daniel Derenda and his wife sent a letter in 2006 to a judge seeking lenience for Peter G. Gerace Jr., who was awaiting sentencing on a felony wire fraud charge related to his telemarketing business. Gerace, the owner of a Cheektowaga strip club, is now facing charges of bribing a federal Drug Enforcement Administration agent, drug trafficking and sex trafficking.

Former Buffalo police commissioner linked to 2006 letter seeking leniency for Peter Gerace

In 2006, a letter attributed to Deputy Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda and his wife asked a federal judge to grant leniency to Peter Gerace Jr., who had pleaded guilty to telemarketing fraud crimes and was awaiting sentencing.

Derenda later became Buffalo's police commissioner. He told The Buffalo News last week that he doesn't remember anything about the letter, which is part of Gerace's file in U.S. District Court.

Gerace, owner of a Cheektowaga strip club, now faces new charges of drug trafficking and sex trafficking. The 2006 letter – which has no connection to the current charges against Gerace – is discussed in today's edition of The Buffalo News.

– Dan Herbeck


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