Katrina L. Gerace, also known as Katrina Nigro, was also sentenced to probation for five years after her jail term.
Citing government concerns of possible witness intimidation, a judge refused Tuesday to unseal federal agents' requests for warrants to search the homes, computers and phones of a former DEA agent and the Cheektowaga strip club owner who is accused of bribing him.
The National Consumer Law Center calls Buffalo “an epicenter” of fraudulent debt collection activity.
The general manager of a Cheektowaga strip club, which authorities call a haven for drug dealing and sex trafficking, is the international leader of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club, according to a federal prosecutor.
The fun-loving Judge John L. Michalski was the last person his friends expected to lie down in front of a slow-moving freight train, they told The Buffalo News.
Depew Village Attorney Samuel A. Alba said Tuesday that Judge John Michalski is the subject of two ongoing investigations. He declined to disclose who is investigating Michalski but said he believes the investigations are not criminal.
Anthony Gerace, 41, has been linked by federal law enforcement officials to an ongoing investigation into organized crime in Buffalo.
“We’re thinking about him and his family,” Judge Paula L. Feroleto said in a telephone interview. “He’s still in the hospital and we’re hoping he is doing much better.”
An Erie County Sheriff’s Office jail deputy resigned from his job in 2019, hours after federal agents investigating the Buffalo Mafia executed a search warrant at his residence, according to four law enforcement sources.
Joseph C. Bella III, 48, is accused of running a company that made unauthorized purchases of Covid-19 test kits and then tried to sell them at nearly four times the price he paid for them.
A raid on Ronald Serio's Amherst mansion turned up an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle, a marijuana grow room, some bags and bricks of marijuana, and drugs.
Prosecutors say a respected teacher at Grover Cleveland High School ran a marijuana trafficking ring with connections to Buffalo's organized crime family.
Joseph C. Bella III “is absolutely not a member of any organized crime,” attorney Thomas J. Eoannou said. “I think the government is trying to connect dots that presently don’t exist.”
Attorneys for former DEA agent Joseph Bongviovanni say federal prosecutors have “imagined the existence” of a powerful Buffalo mob family.
Federal prosecutors are looking for organized crime activities in a widespread investigation, just four years after the special agent in charge of the Buffalo FBI office said, “Some of the individuals who were leaders of the Mafia are still around. But their organized crime activities don’t exist anymore."