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A Rockland County attorney who was convicted of a felony for his role in a mortgage fraud scheme that affected M&T Bank was sentenced to four months in prison, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of New York announced Thursday. Laurence Savedoff of New City, N.Y., was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Frank P. Geraci Jr. following Savedoff…

Business

Four years ago, Buffalo investment adviser Walter F. Grenda Jr. faced a federal fraud investigation related to misleading sales of a hedge fund to clients. So he sold his business and existing client base to Grenda Group LLC, led by his son, Gregory Grenda. And a year later, the Securities and Exchange Commission barred him from the industry. But that apparently didn…

Buffalo

The federal conviction of Louis P. Ciminelli on wire-fraud charges could create more caution on the part of contractors in dealing with government bidding, leaders from various companies said Friday. The local developers and contractors said the jury verdict — along with testimony from the four-week Buffalo Billion trial that included emails and witness statements about…

Crime

A 20-year-old Arcade woman stole a relative's identity and used it to take out more than $7,000 from a checking account, Wyoming County sheriff's deputies said Sunday. Christine M. Barr was arrested Thursday after police investigated fraudulent charges on a family member's checking account. They found that Barr had taken the checking account information, and had been pu…

Buffalo

A Northwest Bank teller told Buffalo police that a man scammed her out of $1,200 Friday while exchanging money and asked for Euros. The man entered the Lafayette Avenue bank with $2,800 in $100 bills and requested to exchange them for $20 bills. The teller gave the man the $2,800 in $20 bills. The man pocketed $1,200 and requested $2,800 worth of Euros instead. When …

The owner of a Buffalo-based debt-collection company who pleaded guilty last November to scamming thousands of victims across the country out of more than $31 million in payments was sentenced Thursday in Manhattan federal court to serve 8 1/3 years in prison. Travell Thomas, the owner, chief executive officer and president of Four Star Resolution, was the mastermind be…

A Cheektowaga woman Monday admitted that she helped others to file false New York State personal income tax returns. Shonnel Harris, 48, pleaded guilty in Erie County Court to criminal tax fraud in the fourth degree, according to District Attorney John J. Flynn Jr. In pleading guilty, Harris acknowledged she acted as an unlicensed tax preparer while assisting others …