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A Salamanca man who operated phony debt restructuring businesses that defrauded about 20 area small businesses of about $1.2 million pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and money laundering charges, before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Sergiy Bezrukov, 35, formerly of Queens, faces a maximum penalt…

Crime

A Buffalo man who used other people's credit cards to defraud could face up to 30 years in prison when sentenced June 8, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Ricky Butler, 41, pleaded guilty Thursday before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and aggravated identity theft, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. According to the U.…

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…