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Rochester developer Robert C. Morgan has sold the Cheektowaga property containing the area's first Chick-fil-A restaurant, reaping $2.825 million in cash from the deal. Morgan — through Morgan Cheektowaga LLC — sold the restaurant at 1753 Walden Ave. to Bruce 5 LLC, which is controlled by Bernadette O'Connor of Long Island City in Queens. Located just west of the Wal…

Watchdog

Mike Donoghue has known Rochester developer Robert Morgan for more than a decade, as a personal friend and a partner in a relocation business. So it was only natural five years ago for the owner and president of Rochester-based Premium Mortgage to put $500,000 of his own money into investment funds that Morgan had just started. "I knew he had funds, and I asked if I co…

Buffalo

Rochester developer Robert C. Morgan is facing criminal charges and a separate federal lawsuit accusing him of mortgage, insurance and securities fraud. Now, an attempt by the Securities and Exchange Commission to freeze Morgan's assets has made it difficult for him to retain a defense team, attorney Joel M. Cohen told a federal magistrate on Wednesday. Morgan, found…

Business

The U.S. Attorney's Office wants to seize two Buffalo apartment complexes as part of its criminal case against Rochester developer Robert C. Morgan and three other defendants. The Securities and Exchange Commission wants to freeze Morgan's assets — including an investment fund that holds a loan for Morgan's interest in a redevelopment project at Gates Circle. One com…

Crime

Federal marshals Sunday afternoon recaptured the man accused last year of placing three fake pipe bombs outside a police station and a post office in South Buffalo, after he escaped this weekend from the Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center. James J. Timpanaro was caught by members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force on Dodge Street in Buffalo at about 3 p.m., o…

Courts

"I may spend the rest of my life in prison. But it will be worth it ... Texas has lots and lots of pawn shops." That was just one of several hundred threatening electronic messages sent by a Buffalo man who pleaded guilty to cyberstalking Thursday in federal court, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of New York. Mark Bieniek, 45, who res…

Amherst

The federal fraud indictment that points an accusatory finger at two executives of Rochester's Morgan Management and two mortgage brokers also creates unwanted attention for two other players in Buffalo's real estate industry. While Brett Fitzpatrick and Aaron Siegel have not been charged or even named, last week's indictment alleges fraud occurred with one of their pro…

Local News

Staged apartments. Fake loans and leases. And a woman who pretended she was a tenant but couldn't let inspectors into a bedroom because her boyfriend was "sleeping" there. The fraud charges leveled Tuesday against two Buffalo commercial mortgage brokers and two relatives of Rochester apartment mogul Robert Morgan shined a bright light on the underbelly of the murky worl…

An investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, State Police and Buffalo Police has resulted in the arrest of a Buffalo man on drug charges, officials said. Luis Matias, 27, was charged by criminal complaint with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute butyryl fentanyl, and possession with intent to distribute and distribution of …

A Williamsville man took investors' money and promised  to produce, market and distribute cosmetic and healthcare products, federal prosecutors say. But instead of using the money as promised, Logel spent most of the funds on himself, federal investigators said. Robert C. Logel, 53,  was arrested and charged Tuesday in federal court with wire fraud . Logel already…

A member of a West Side Buffalo criminal gang who was convicted on a federal racketeering and conspiracy charge was sentenced to more than 17 years in prison Friday by U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Arcara. Ritchie Juarbe, 26, was a member of the Cheko’s Crew/7th Street Gang, which was responsible for several murders and the distribution of illegal narcotics betwe…

A Kenmore man Friday was sent sentenced to 57 months in federal prison for possessing methamphetamine with the intention of distributing the illegal narcotic. John McNeill, 57, former owner of Mixology Bar on Forest Avenue in Buffalo received large shipments of the drug from a source in San Diego, Calif., according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas S. Duskiewicz, who ha…

An Albion man was arrested Wednesday on charges of allegedly possessing child pornography, according to acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. Christopher Ridder, 45, faces a maximum 20 years in prison and $250,000 fine, if convicted. Ridder on Wednesday made an appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael J. Roemer. The investigation began after two Medina …