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A Buffalo man who was arrested on drug charges made an initial appearance Friday before U.S. Magistrate Michael J. Roemer and released on conditions, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of New York. Prosecutors said Sterling McMillan, 48, was charged by criminal complaint in U.S. District Court with possession with intent to distribute and d…

Crime

A Buffalo man has pleaded guilty to drug and weapons possession charges in U.S. District Court, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said that the Lackawanna Police Department Narcotics Unit began investigating the narcotics trafficking activities of 43-year-old Felix M. Velasquez in June 2018. Velazquez was described by prosecutors as a mid-level street…

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A Chautauqua County man who led a drug organization responsible for distributing heroin and cocaine in the Jamestown area faces a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison when he is sentenced Nov. 26, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said Sigfredo Martinez, 47, of Celeron, who began his drug operation in early 2016, pleaded guilty before U…

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A Wyoming County man who was convicted of possession of child pornography has been sentenced to 36 months in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci Jr., according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 33-year-old Kory Doyle of Warsaw was found in possession of child pornography on multiple computers, hard drives and cellular telephones after State…

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A man who admitted Thursday in federal court that he shipped 12 fully automatic firearms to Buffalo from Alaska faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced Nov. 22, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 26-year-old Benjamin Handley, of Homer, Ala., pleaded guilty to unlawful transportation of a machine gun before U.S. District Judge Richard J…

Business

Rochester developer Robert C. Morgan is already free to sell or transfer his properties without interference from government prosecutors, even without a desired court order, a federal court said this week. Attorneys for Morgan and other developers had sought the court's intervention because they said the government's words and actions were hindering their ability to sel…

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An Akron man has pleaded guilty in federal court to theft of government money, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. According to prosecutors, 55-year-old Richard Lobur took nearly $40,000 in federal grant money meant to further the education of firefighters and their families and used it instead for personal expenses, including paying off his credit card debt and ma…

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A Canadian woman who was convicted of conspiracy to commit wire fraud was sentenced Wednesday to serve three years of probation and ordered to pay $134, 172 in restitution by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 42-year-old Sheila Offor of Scarborough, Ont. conspired with 31 other people between July 2005 an…

City of Tonawanda

A City of Tonawanda man who fraudulently collected debts he was not owed has pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 31-year-old Michael Dudley worked for a debt collection business in which he tricked and coerced victims throughout the country into paying debts through a variety of fa…

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A former teacher in the Clymer Central School District in Chautauqua County has pleaded guilty in federal court to possession of child pornography involving a prepubescent minor, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Scott Aikens, 60, of Clymer, was arrested in September after Homeland Security Investigations and State Police executed a search warrant at his residenc…

Business

If the Securities and Exchange Commission was hoping for quick action against Robert C. Morgan, there are signs it won’t get its way. The federal agency last month filed a securities fraud lawsuit against the Rochester developer, accusing him of running a “Ponzi-scheme-like" operation that used newer investments to pay off earlier investors and loans instead of buying p…

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A Blasdell man was charged Wednesday with receipt of child pornography and possession of child pornography involving a prepubescent minor, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said Robert Michalewski, 54, faces a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of 40 years in prison if he is convicted on the charges. After receiving a tip of suspected child pornogra…

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…

Crime

A Chautauqua County faces up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty in U.S. District Court to possession of child pornography, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Friday. Prosecutors said 55-year-old Joseph Harvey of Forestville was found in possession of 37 videos and 51 images of child pornography. Some of the images included prepubescent children and depictions of v…

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A Buffalo woman has pleaded guilty in federal court to making false statements to special agents of the FBI, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said 48-year-old Rhonda Henderson lied to investigators during a June 19, 2014, interview, in which she claimed the title to a 1999 Honda two-door sedan had been mailed to her address. The vehicle actually b…