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Mar 29, 2018

Canadian man sentenced in largest seizure of cocaine in history of the Western District of New York

A Canadian man has been sentenced for his role in a drug trafficking operation connected to the largest seizure of cocaine in the history of the Western District of New York. Parminder Sidhu, 43, of Brampton, Ontario, who was convicted of conspiracy to export from the United States five kilograms or more of cocaine, was […]

May 31, 2017

Buffalo jail guard admits to federal charge

A Buffalo Police Department cell block attendant Matthew Jaskula, 27, pleaded guilty Tuesday to the crime of willfully depriving another of their constitutional rights under color of law resulting in bodily injury. Jaskula faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. U.S. District Lawrence J. Vilardo scheduled sentencing for Oct. […]

Apr 25, 2017

Buffalo man charged for not cooperating as a witness

A Buffalo man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for refusing to cooperate while testifying at a trial. Jeffrey Mills, 48, was charged two counts of obstructing justice, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. If convicted, Mills faces a maximum of life in prison. On Feb. 14, 2016, Mills was called as a prosecution […]

Feb 2, 2017

Postal worker admits to not delivering 210 items

A former mail carrier is expected to get a sentence of six months in jail and a $5,000 fine for failing to deliver more than 200 pieces of mail. On June 6, the defendant, Matthew Williams, was pulled over by a Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy because of excessively tinted windows on his car, according to […]

Dec 16, 2016

Erie County man gets 60 years for killing fiancee for insurance

A 48-year-old man convicted in the killing of his fiancee to collect on her life insurance has been sentenced to 60 years in prison. Federal prosecutors said Thursday that Ronald Epps of Amherst was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Buffalo. A jury convicted Epps of wire and mail fraud, arson, possession of Molotov cocktails, […]

Dec 13, 2016

Pro se program expanding to Rochester

Volunteer attorneys are needed to help with a new program to provide legal advice to pro se litigants in U.S. District Court in Rochester. The program is expected to start in mid-February, with a CLE session to prepare volunteers tentatively scheduled for Jan. 20. The University at Buffalo School of Law, the Volunteer Legal Services […]

Dec 7, 2016

Bank robber could get 20 years in prison

A Buffalo man has admitted to committing several bank robberies. Laverne Palmer, 26, pleaded guilty before Chief U.S. District Court Judge Frank P. Geraci. Palmer, who is also known as Poogaloo, faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. Six times, Palmer robbed or assisted in the robbery of banks […]

Nov 9, 2016

Rochester man gets 20 years for burglary that ended with death of the victim

A Rochester man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison Tuesday in federal court for his role in the death of a comic book collector. Albert William Parsons, 47, was convicted of committing a violent crime in aid of racketeering, and sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. Co-defendants Rico Vendetti and Arlene […]

Sep 20, 2016

Sub shop owner admits fraud

The former owner of more than 40 Jreck Sub shops in northern New York has pleaded guilty to defrauding investors out of millions of dollars. Prosecutors say 46-year-old Christopher Swartz, of Watertown, pleaded guilty to fraud and tax evasion Monday in U.S. District Court in Utica. Swartz, who owned the Watertown-based restaurant company from 2005 to […]

Aug 24, 2016

Queens man admits to drug dealing and money laundering

A Queens man has admitted to drug dealing and money laundering in U.S. District Court in Buffalo. Zhe Wang, 20, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and distribution of, controlled substances and money laundering conspiracy, according to the office of U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara […]

Jun 22, 2016

Buffalo IP lawyer’s winter storm video accumulates YouTube views and lawsuits

If you’re going to use someone else’s YouTube video without permission you might want to make sure it doesn’t belong to an intellectual property attorney. A few major news organizations have learned that lesson the hard way. When winter storm Knife hammered the Buffalo area with as much as seven feet of snow in November […]

May 5, 2016

Former RIT student claims false arrest, racial profiling, and assault by Rochester police officers

A New York City man is suing the city of Rochester, the Rochester Police Department and three police officers claiming false arrest, assault and racial profiling. Prince Sundiata Guerra, 23, claims that on Sept. 22, 2014, when he was a student at Rochester Institute of Technology, “he was ambushed by several individuals who he later […]

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