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A Buffalo man is going to prison for conspiring with others to sell cocaine in the Niagara Falls area, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 30-year-old Devincio K.D. James, who was convicted of conspiring to possess with intent to distribute, and distributing, 500 grams or more of cocaine, was sentenced to serve 87 months in prison by U.S. District …

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A Lancaster man who was convicted of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in a phony investment scheme was sentenced to serve 52 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Federal prosecutors said Christopher Dillon, 55, conspired with others between May 2010 and November 2013 to fraudulently obtain more than $5 millio…

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A Buffalo man who was convicted on drug-trafficking charges was sentenced to 120 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo. The U.S. Attorney's Office said 40-year-old Quinton Jones conspired with others to distribute cocaine between November 2016 and Sept. 29, 2017, in the South Buffalo area, while working for a drug organization led by co-defendant C…

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A Buffalo man who was involved in the sex trafficking of women and used their addiction to illegal narcotics, along with threats, humiliation and violence to keep them in line was sentenced Thursday to serve 30 years in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. In September, a jury found 52-year-old Valentino Shine Sr.…

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A Williamsville man who was convicted of wire fraud and tax evasion has been sentenced to serve 51 months in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci Jr., according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 56-year-old Robert C. Logel was previously convicted in 2009 of defrauding two victims of nearly $3 million and sentenced to 48 months in prison. Wi…

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A West Seneca man convicted of possession of child pornography was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court to serve 10 years in prison, followed by lifetime postrelease supervision, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 27-year-old Justin Wheeler was on parole for a 2013 conviction on a first-degree attempted rape charge, which stemmed from his sexua…

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A Cheektowaga surgeon convicted of unlawful possession of a controlled substance and making material false statements was sentenced Monday in federal court to two years' probation, including three months' home confinement when he is not at work, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. On Sept. 8, 2016, Dr. Anthony Leone, 55, completed a controlled substance form from t…

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A Buffalo man convicted of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and aggravated identity theft has been been sentenced by U.S. Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo to serve 96 months in prison, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said that between July 2013 and January 2014, Ricky Butler, 43, conspired with six other individuals to steal and use credit card information …

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A California woman who was convicted in federal court in Buffalo of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin, fentanyl and cocaine and money laundering conspiracy was sentenced Wednesday to serve 72 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, 44-year-old Sonia Hernandez, of Norwalk, was hired in 200…

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A Buffalo man who admitted that he distributed a video containing child pornography from his cellphone in March 2018 was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to 144 months in prison and 30 years of supervised release, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 30-year-old Atif Ullah conceded that on March 6, 2018, he distributed from his cellphone a vi…

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A Grand Island man convicted of making threats to two U.S. congressmen was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court to 60 months in prison, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 64-year-old Carlos Bayon left threatening voicemail messages for Republican Reps. Steve Scalise, of Louisiana, and Cathy McMorris Rodgers, of Washington. Bayon's residenc…

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An Alaska man who pleaded guilty in August to unlawfully transporting 12 machine guns to Buffalo from Alaska was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to serve five years in prison, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 26-year-old Benjamin Handley, of Homer, sold the fully automatic firearms – with their serial numbers oblitera…

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A Buffalo man has been sentenced in U.S. District Court to serve 69 months in prison, following his conviction on charges of possession with intent to distribute heroin and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking activity, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said that, on five occasions between Oct. 17 and Nov. 22, 2017, Leon R. Willi…

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A Williamsville man has been sentenced in U.S. District Court to 25 years in prison, following his conviction on conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and distributing 500 grams or more of cocaine, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 34-year-old Richard Lucas also was fined $60,000 and will forfeit about $30,000. Search warrants for L…

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A Buffalo woman who was convicted of distribution of fentanyl was sentenced Monday in federal court to serve eight months in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Arcara, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy C. Lynch said 27-year-old Yuminique Toney sold two grams of fentanyl and 14 grams of crack cocaine to undercover law en…