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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

MICHIGAN MAN SENTENCED FOR STEALING XEROX TONER

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that David Miedel, 42, of Michigan, who was convicted of conspiracy to transfer stolen property in interstate commerce, was sentenced to 12 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa. The defendant was also ordered to pay restitution to Xerox in the amount of $1,031,680.24. 
Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard A. Resnick, who is handling the case, stated that the Xerox Company provides branded printing toner to customers who have entered into lease contracts for office equipment.  As part of a lease, the customer is invoiced a flat rate per month for office equipment, including printers, copiers, scanners, multifunction devices, and graphic arts production equipment. In order to operate each piece of equipment, supplies are required, including toner. The supplies can be expensive to buy individually, so Xerox offers an “all-inclusive” contract. Xerox provides the supplies and the customer pays the company based on the number of prints made with the supplies. The supplies must be consumed by the customer and at all times remain the property of Xerox until consumed in the leased equipment. 
In August 2015, Miedel contacted employees of a logistics company who worked at the company’s warehouse in Charlotte, North Carolina where Xerox supplies, which had been returned by customers, were being stored. The defendant told employees that he wanted to purchase the returned supplies. On September 11, 2015, Miedel traveled to North Carolina to purchase the supplies for himself and his partner, who also resided in Michigan. Miedel purchased 92 units of Xerox supplies for which he paid the warehouse employees $1,800 in cash.  The defendant then drove the stolen supplies to Michigan where they were sold. 
In September 2015, Miedel began purchasing stolen Xerox supplies from a person he believed was a logistics company employee in Webster, NY. Between September 15, 2015, and March 2016, the defendant traveled to Webster several times to purchase what he believed were stolen Xerox supplies worth approximately $200,000. The total loss to Xerox from Miedel’s conduct was $1,031,680.24.
Today’s sentencing is the result of an investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin Kelly. XEROX TONER

Saturday, May 26, 2018

WILLIAMSVILLE COUPLE SENTENCED

WILLIAMSVILLE COUPLE SENTENCED 

BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Shaheen Hassanali, 45, and her husband, Riyaz Hassanali, 57, both of Williamsville, NY, were each sentenced to one year probation by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. Shaneen Hassanali, who was convicted filing a false tax return, was also ordered to pay restitution totaling $248,606 to the Internal Revenue Service. Riyaz Hassanali was convicted of receiving and delivering misbranded drugs.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Maura K. O’Donnell, who handled the case, stated that for the tax years 2006-2009, Shaheen Hassanali filed false joint income tax returns for herself and her husband. The defendant substantially under-reported the income earned from her husband’s medical practice.

In addition, between 2009 and 2011, Riyaz Hassanali ordered, and administered to patients, a misbranded, and non-FDA approved, foreign market product, similar to the prescription drug Dysport, a prescription drug commonly used in cosmetic procedures.

The sentencings are the result of an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigations Division, under the direction of James D. Robnett, Special Agent-in-Charge, New York Field Office, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of Criminal Investigations, under the direction of Jeffrey Ebersole, Special Agent-in-New York Field Office.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

NEWARK PHYSICIAN ARRESTED ON CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES

NEWARK PHYSICIAN ARRESTED ON
CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today Dr. David Blasczak, 69, of Newark, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with receipt and possession of child pornography. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of 20 years and a $1,000,000 fine. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle P. Rossi, who is handling the case, stated that the defendant is a physician at the Clyde Family Health Center in Clyde, NY. According to the complaint, in 2012, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations in Phoenix, Arizona began an investigation into a fee based child pornography website. In September, 2017, investigators determined that the defendant made 10 purchases from this website. Each file purchased by Blasczak contained thousands of images of child pornography.

On January 18, 2018, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at the defendant’s home on Jason Drive in Newark. Officers seized several digital devices including a laptop, a digital camera, multiple SD cards, multiple thumb drives, and two memory sticks. Officers estimate that they have already discovered in excess of 1,000 images and multiple videos of child pornography on the thumb drive. 

Members of the public who have specific information related to this case are urged to contact the HSI Buffalo Office at 716-464-5931. HSI victim-witness specialists will be available to assist any parent or guardian should they need victim-related resources. If any members of the public have general questions or concerns regarding sexual abuse of children or would like guidance on how to discuss this issue with children, please call the Bivona Child Advocacy Center at 1-585-935-7800. 

The defendant made an initial appearance this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jonathan W. Feldman and is being detained.  

The complaint is the result of an investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin Kelly.   

The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

CITIZEN OF ECUADOR CHARGED WITH HARBORING ILLEGAL ALIENS

CITIZEN OF ECUADOR CHARGED WITH HARBORING ILLEGAL ALIENS CITIZEN OF ECUADOR CHARGED WITH HARBORING ILLEGAL ALIENS 

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Segundo Francisco Caguana, a citizen of Ecuador, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with harboring aliens, encouraging illegal aliens to reside in the United States, and hiring or recruiting unauthorized aliens for employment. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

            Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle P. Rossi, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, on October 5, 2017, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI), received information from the Caledonia Police Department regarding possible illegal aliens residing at 246 North Street in Caledonia, NY, and working for Sunset Roofing Corp. Surveillance operations were conducted between October 30 and November 9, 2017. Special agents observed Caguana arrive at the residence in a brown Toyota Tundra at approximately 6:30 a.m. each morning and enter the residence, before departing approximately a half hour later. Thereafter, multiple Hispanic adult males would depart the residence in two work vans parked in the driveway.    

            On November 14, 2017, ICE-HSI agents and ICE Enforcement Removal Officers (ERO) conducted a joint enforcement operation in an attempt to encounter illegal aliens residing at the 246 North Street residence. ICE-HSI agents and ERO officers identified themselves and conducted interviews with the individuals. Seven of the individuals admitted to being illegally present and illegally working within the United States. Six of the undocumented aliens were arrested for entry without inspection, and one was arrested for visa waiver overstay. All seven were transported to the Batavia Detention Facility for processing.

            The complaint states that all seven of the illegal aliens worked for Caguana and paid him rent to stay at the 246 North Street residence. 

            A records check found that Caguana and his wife are citizens and nationals of Ecuador, currently involved in immigration proceedings, but authorized to work within the United States.

            The defendant made an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jonathan W. Feldman and was released on conditions.

The complaint is the result of an investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin Kelly, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations, under the direction of Field Office Director Thomas E. Feeley.

The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation, and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

FEDERAL JURY CONVICTS ELMIRA MAN OF DRUG TRAFFICKING AND GUN CHARGES


ROCHESTER, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that a federal jury has convicted Devaughn Salazar, a/k/a “Snake,” 41, of Elmira, NY, of knowingly possessing with intent to distribute and distributing cocaine, possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. The charges carry a maximum penalty of life in prison and a $1,000,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sean Eldridge and Charles Moynihan, who handled the prosecution of the case, stated that on October 21, 2012, members of the Elmira Police Department recovered a Taurus .40 caliber pistol during a robbery investigation. Further investigation revealed that, in June of 2012, the owner of the handgun reported it stolen to the Addison Police Department. Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives followed up and determined that the defendant acquired the handgun from Kevin Krowiak, the person who stole it, by trading cocaine for the gun.  After acquiring the gun but prior to its recovery by the Elmira Police Department, defendant sold the gun to a third person.

The defendant, having been previously convicted on May 6, 2009, in Steuben County Court of a felony offense, was legally prohibited from possessing any firearm.  

The trial verdict is the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge, Ashan Benedict; as well as members of the Elmira Police Department, under the direction of Chief Joseph Kane.

Sentencing is scheduled for March 27, 2018, at 9:15 a.m. before U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa, who presided over the trial of the case.

Monday, May 21, 2018

MICHIGAN MAN SENTENCED FOR STEALING XEROX TONER



ROCHESTER, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that David Miedel, 42, of Michigan, who was convicted of conspiracy to transfer stolen property in interstate commerce, was sentenced to 12 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa. The defendant was also ordered to pay restitution to Xerox in the amount of $1,031,680.24. 
Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard A. Resnick, who is handling the case, stated that the Xerox Company provides branded printing toner to customers who have entered into lease contracts for office equipment.  As part of a lease, the customer is invoiced a flat rate per month for office equipment, including printers, copiers, scanners, multifunction devices, and graphic arts production equipment. In order to operate each piece of equipment, supplies are required, including toner. The supplies can be expensive to buy individually, so Xerox offers an “all-inclusive” contract. Xerox provides the supplies and the customer pays the company based on the number of prints made with the supplies. The supplies must be consumed by the customer and at all times remain the property of Xerox until consumed in the leased equipment. 
In August 2015, Miedel contacted employees of a logistics company who worked at the company’s warehouse in Charlotte, North Carolina where Xerox supplies, which had been returned by customers, were being stored. The defendant told employees that he wanted to purchase the returned supplies. On September 11, 2015, Miedel traveled to North Carolina to purchase the supplies for himself and his partner, who also resided in Michigan. Miedel purchased 92 units of Xerox supplies for which he paid the warehouse employees $1,800 in cash.  The defendant then drove the stolen supplies to Michigan where they were sold. 
In September 2015, Miedel began purchasing stolen Xerox supplies from a person he believed was a logistics company employee in Webster, NY. Between September 15, 2015, and March 2016, the defendant traveled to Webster several times to purchase what he believed were stolen Xerox supplies worth approximately $200,000. The total loss to Xerox from Miedel’s conduct was $1,031,680.24.
Today’s sentencing is the result of an investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin Kelly.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

TONAWANDA MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO DISTRIBUTING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY



BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Dakkar Young, 23, of Tonawanda, NY, pleaded guilty to distribution of child pornography, before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo. The charge carries a minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of 20 years, and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Lamarque, who is handling the case, stated that in May 2017, the defendant uploaded eight pictures containing child pornography onto a social networking site. In December 2017, a search warrant was executed at the Young’s home and various electronics were seized. A forensic examination of the defendant’s cell phone revealed images of child pornography as well as videos of Young sexually abusing a child under the age of 16. As part of the plea, the defendant admitted to producing child pornography of the child.

The plea is the result of an investigation by the New York State Police ICAC Task Force, under the direction of Major Edward Kennedy, and Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Acting Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin P. Lyons.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 27, 2018, at 9:30 a.m. before Judge Vilardo.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

BUFFALO MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO COCAINE CONSPIRACY WHICH OPERATED NEAR A BUFFALO SCHOOL



BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Cleophus Dentmond, aka “Face,” 28, of Buffalo, NY, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and distribution of, cocaine before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, and a $1,000,000 fine, or both.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan A. Tokash, who is handling the case, stated that the defendant conspired with Stevie Alejandro who operated the Barberians Barber Shop at 1132 East Lovejoy Street, which is located directly across from Buffalo Public School #43, the Lovejoy Discovery School. Between May 2017 and October 18, 2017, the defendant participated in the cocaine conspiracy with co-defendants Alejandro, Aaron Hill, Gilbert Guzman, Catherine Ramos, and others, to distribute cocaine in the Lovejoy District. 

During the conspiracy, Alejandro conducted negotiations with an undercover law enforcement officer regarding the sale, cost, amount, and delivery of cocaine. Then, Dentmond, or one of his co-conspirators, would conduct the drug transaction with the undercover officer. All proceeds went back to Alejandro. A total of 14 cocaine sales took place with the undercover officer.

Charges are pending against defendants Hill, Guzman, and Ramos. The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.  

The plea is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of James J. Hunt, Special Agent-in-Charge, New York Field Division; the Buffalo Police Department, under the direction of Commissioner Byron Lockwood; the Cheektowaga Police Department, under the direction of Chief David Zak; and the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff Timothy Howard.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 25, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. before Judge Arcara.

WILLIAMSVILLE COUPLE SENTENCED



BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced that Shaheen Hassanali, 45, and her husband, Riyaz Hassanali, 57, both of Williamsville, NY, were each sentenced to one year probation by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. Shaneen Hassanali, who was convicted filing a false tax return, was also ordered to pay restitution totaling $248,606 to the Internal Revenue Service. Riyaz Hassanali was convicted of receiving and delivering misbranded drugs.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Maura K. O’Donnell, who handled the case, stated that for the tax years 2006-2009, Shaheen Hassanali filed false joint income tax returns for herself and her husband. The defendant substantially under-reported the income earned from her husband’s medical practice.

In addition, between 2009 and 2011, Riyaz Hassanali ordered, and administered to patients, a misbranded, and non-FDA approved, foreign market product, similar to the prescription drug Dysport, a prescription drug commonly used in cosmetic procedures.

The sentencings are the result of an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigations Division, under the direction of James D. Robnett, Special Agent-in-Charge, New York Field Office, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of Criminal Investigations, under the direction of Jeffrey Ebersole, Special Agent-in-New York Field Office.

Friday, May 18, 2018

MICHIGAN MAN SENTENCED FOR STEALING XEROX TONER



ROCHESTER, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that David Miedel, 42, of Michigan, who was convicted of conspiracy to transfer stolen property in interstate commerce, was sentenced to 12 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa. The defendant was also ordered to pay restitution to Xerox in the amount of $1,031,680.24. 
Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard A. Resnick, who is handling the case, stated that the Xerox Company provides branded printing toner to customers who have entered into lease contracts for office equipment.  As part of a lease, the customer is invoiced a flat rate per month for office equipment, including printers, copiers, scanners, multifunction devices, and graphic arts production equipment. In order to operate each piece of equipment, supplies are required, including toner. The supplies can be expensive to buy individually, so Xerox offers an “all-inclusive” contract. Xerox provides the supplies and the customer pays the company based on the number of prints made with the supplies. The supplies must be consumed by the customer and at all times remain the property of Xerox until consumed in the leased equipment. 
In August 2015, Miedel contacted employees of a logistics company who worked at the company’s warehouse in Charlotte, North Carolina where Xerox supplies, which had been returned by customers, were being stored. The defendant told employees that he wanted to purchase the returned supplies. On September 11, 2015, Miedel traveled to North Carolina to purchase the supplies for himself and his partner, who also resided in Michigan. Miedel purchased 92 units of Xerox supplies for which he paid the warehouse employees $1,800 in cash.  The defendant then drove the stolen supplies to Michigan where they were sold. 
In September 2015, Miedel began purchasing stolen Xerox supplies from a person he believed was a logistics company employee in Webster, NY. Between September 15, 2015, and March 2016, the defendant traveled to Webster several times to purchase what he believed were stolen Xerox supplies worth approximately $200,000. The total loss to Xerox from Miedel’s conduct was $1,031,680.24.
Today’s sentencing is the result of an investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin Kelly.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

NEWARK PHYSICIAN ARRESTED ON CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES


ROCHESTER, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today Dr. David Blasczak, 69, of Newark, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with receipt and possession of child pornography. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of 20 years and a $1,000,000 fine. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle P. Rossi, who is handling the case, stated that the defendant is a physician at the Clyde Family Health Center in Clyde, NY. According to the complaint, in 2012, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations in Phoenix, Arizona began an investigation into a fee based child pornography website. In September, 2017, investigators determined that the defendant made 10 purchases from this website. Each file purchased by Blasczak contained thousands of images of child pornography.

On January 18, 2018, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at the defendant’s home on Jason Drive in Newark. Officers seized several digital devices including a laptop, a digital camera, multiple SD cards, multiple thumb drives, and two memory sticks. Officers estimate that they have already discovered in excess of 1,000 images and multiple videos of child pornography on the thumb drive. 

Members of the public who have specific information related to this case are urged to contact the HSI Buffalo Office at 716-464-5931. HSI victim-witness specialists will be available to assist any parent or guardian should they need victim-related resources. If any members of the public have general questions or concerns regarding sexual abuse of children or would like guidance on how to discuss this issue with children, please call the Bivona Child Advocacy Center at 1-585-935-7800. 

The defendant made an initial appearance this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jonathan W. Feldman and is being detained.  

The complaint is the result of an investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin Kelly.   

The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES NATIONWIDE INITIATIVE TO COMBAT SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN HOUSING



BUFFALO, NY — As the Department of Justice recognizes the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, Attorney General Jeff Sessions yesterday announced the nationwide rollout of an initiative aimed at increasing awareness and reporting of sexual harassment in housing. The announcement includes an interagency task force between the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Justice Department to combat sexual harassment in housing, an outreach toolkit, and a public awareness campaign. This three-pronged approach will strengthen the Department’s efforts to combat sexual harassment in housing.

“Sexual harassment in housing is illegal, immoral, and unacceptable," said Attorney General Sessions. “It is all too common today, as too many landlords, managers, and their employees attempt to prey on vulnerable women. We will not hesitate to pursue these predators and enforce the law. In October, I ordered a new initiative to bring more of these cases, and we have already won relief for 15 victims. Today we announce three new steps to make the initiative more effective and to win more cases. I want to thank the dedicated and committed professionals in our Civil Rights Division and our partners in the Department of Housing and Urban Development for their hard work in this effort. We will continue to aggressively pursue harassers, because everyone has a right to be safe in their home.”

“All discrimination stains the very fabric of our nation, but HUD is especially focused on protecting the right of everyone to feel safe and secure in their homes, free from unwanted sexual harassment,” said Secretary Ben Carson. “No person should have to tolerate unwanted sexual advances in order to keep a roof over his or her head. Part of our mission at HUD is to provide safe housing and we will remain diligent in this mission to protect those we serve. I look forward to working with Attorney General Sessions and the Department of Justice as part of this task force to bring an end to this type of discrimination.”

“It is fitting that we acknowledge the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act by announcing this initiative to increase awareness and reporting of sexual harassment in housing,” stated U.S. Attorney Kennedy. “No one should live in fear of unwanted sexual advances or attacks, nor should they fear losing their homes if they report such activities.  All people have the right to feel safe in their own home. My Office, with our federal partners, will continue to do all that we can to protect that right and to bring to justice those whose behavior endangers it.”   

In October 2017, the Justice Department announced an initiative to combat sexual harassment in housing and launched pilot programs in Washington, D.C. and the Western District of Virginia. The initiative sought to increase the Department’s efforts to protect women from harassment by landlords, property managers, maintenance workers, security guards, and other employees and representatives of rental property owners. During the pilots, the Department developed and tested ways to better connect both with victims of sexual harassment in housing and with those organizations that victims may turn to first for help – including law enforcement, legal services providers, public housing authorities, sexual assault services providers, and shelters.  The Department also tested certain aspects of the initiative in other jurisdictions, including New Jersey, the Central District of California, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Michigan.

The two pilot programs generated an upswing in harassment reporting to the Department from both D.C. and the Western District of Virginia. In D.C., the Department generated six leads since the October 2017 launch. In Virginia, the Department generated three leads. While the Justice Department recognizes that leads and investigations do not always lead to enforcement actions, the pilot program’s results—when extrapolated across all the U.S. Attorney’s Offices across the country—could lead to hundreds of new reports of sexual harassment in housing across the country.

Because of these promising results, the Department is rolling out three major components to the Initiative.
First, the new HUD-DOJ Task Force to Combat Sexual Harassment in Housing will drive a shared strategy between the Department and HUD for combatting sexual harassment in housing across the country. It will focus on five key areas: continued data sharing and analysis, joint development of training, evaluation of public housing complaint mechanisms, coordination of public outreach and press strategy, and review of federal policies.

Second, the outreach toolkit is designed to leverage the Justice Department’s nationwide network of U.S. Attorney’s Offices. The toolkit provides templates, guidance, and checklists based on pilot program feedback. It ultimately will amplify available enforcement resources and help victims of sexual harassment connect with the Department.

Third, the public awareness campaign has three major components: a partnership package with relevant stakeholders, launch of a social media campaign, and Public Service Announcements (PSAs) run by individual U.S. Attorney’s offices. The campaign is specifically designed to raise awareness, and make it easier for victims all over the country to find resources and report harassment.

More information about the Civil Rights Division and the civil rights laws it enforces is available at www.usdoj.gov/crt. Individuals who believe that they may have been victims of sexual harassment in housing should call the Department at 1-844-380-6178, send an e-mail to fairhousing@usdoj.gov, or contact HUD at 1-800-669-9777.  If you have information or questions about any other housing discrimination, you can contact the Department at 1-800-896-7743.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Customs and Border Protection is Hiring Officers at Port of Washington Dulles

Release Date: 
May 1, 2018
STERLING, Va. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the nation’s border security agency charged with facilitating the free flow of legitimate international trade and travel, is now accepting applications to fill Field Operations officer positions at Washington Dulles International Airport.
CBP officerThe CBP Field Operations officer is a full-time, uniformed federal law enforcement professional who detects and prevents terrorists and terrorist weapons from entering the United States, enforces customs, immigration, and agricultural laws and regulations, and prevents the illegal trafficking of humans, narcotics and other contraband into the U.S.  Learn more about what CBP accomplished during "A Typical Day" in 2017.
Officers serve at 328 international air, land and sea ports of entry in the U.S. and at 15 airport preclearance locations worldwide.  Learn more about duties, pay and benefits, and additional specialty opportunities of a CBP Field Operations Officer.
Applicants must be a U.S. citizen and resident for the last three years, have a valid driver's license, pass a medical examination, and fitness and drug tests.  Applicants must also pass a thorough background investigation and polygraph examination.  View the two announcements at CBP Officer GS-5/7 and CBP Officer GS-9.  These two announcements expire May 31.
“Customs and Border Protection fills a vital role in our nation’s security and vigilantly protects against dangerous individuals and imports that threaten our citizens, our economy, and our way of life,” said Casey Owen Durst, CBP’s Director of Baltimore Field Operations. “CBP is in the midst of unprecedented hiring opportunities, and we need to fill positions at Dulles airport. If you have what it takes to serve your country on our nation’s frontlines, then apply to join our team today.”
CBP K9 OfficerThe minimum starting salary for is $34,394 for CBPO GS-5, and $50,598 for a CBPO GS-9, and officers have the possibility of earning more depending on experience, education and overtime.
The position includes paid training at CBP’s Field Operations Academy, located at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Ga.
CBP is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women and minorities to apply so that the agency can create a workforce that reflects the rich diversity of the United States.
For local recruiting questions, contact Baltimore-recruitment@cbp.dhs.gov
Visit CBP Careers for more information on job opportunities, or visit Apply Now to start your application process today.
Follow @CBPJobs on Twitter for the latest news on hiring opportunities and events near your town.
Learn more about CBP at CBP.gov.

ROCHESTER MAN SENTENCED FOR HIS ROLE IN CONSPIRACY TO SELL OXYCODONE



ROCHESTER, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Ronald Lockwood, 44, of Rochester, NY, who was convicted of conspiring to distribute a controlled substance, was sentenced to 24 months in prison by U.S. District Judge David G. Larimer.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John J. Field, who handled the case, stated that Lockwood was prescribed large quantities of oxycodone by his heath care provider for a severe injury that he had sustained. Beginning in February 2015 and continuing until his arrest in February 2017, Lockwood conspired to sell his oxycodone pills to Daniel Volonino, Jr. and Michael Ingham, who, in turn, sold pills to others in the Rochester area.

Michael Ingham has been convicted and is awaiting sentencing. Charges are pending against Daniel Volonino, Jr. The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.    

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by Special Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge James J. Hunt, New York Field Division, and investigators with the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the New York State Attorney General, under the direction of Eric Schneiderman.

CITIZEN OF ECUADOR CHARGED WITH HARBORING ILLEGAL ALIENS



ROCHESTER, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Segundo Francisco Caguana, a citizen of Ecuador, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with harboring aliens, encouraging illegal aliens to reside in the United States, and hiring or recruiting unauthorized aliens for employment. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

            Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle P. Rossi, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, on October 5, 2017, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI), received information from the Caledonia Police Department regarding possible illegal aliens residing at 246 North Street in Caledonia, NY, and working for Sunset Roofing Corp. Surveillance operations were conducted between October 30 and November 9, 2017. Special agents observed Caguana arrive at the residence in a brown Toyota Tundra at approximately 6:30 a.m. each morning and enter the residence, before departing approximately a half hour later. Thereafter, multiple Hispanic adult males would depart the residence in two work vans parked in the driveway.    

            On November 14, 2017, ICE-HSI agents and ICE Enforcement Removal Officers (ERO) conducted a joint enforcement operation in an attempt to encounter illegal aliens residing at the 246 North Street residence. ICE-HSI agents and ERO officers identified themselves and conducted interviews with the individuals. Seven of the individuals admitted to being illegally present and illegally working within the United States. Six of the undocumented aliens were arrested for entry without inspection, and one was arrested for visa waiver overstay. All seven were transported to the Batavia Detention Facility for processing.

            The complaint states that all seven of the illegal aliens worked for Caguana and paid him rent to stay at the 246 North Street residence. 

            A records check found that Caguana and his wife are citizens and nationals of Ecuador, currently involved in immigration proceedings, but authorized to work within the United States.

            The defendant made an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jonathan W. Feldman and was released on conditions.

The complaint is the result of an investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin Kelly, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations, under the direction of Field Office Director Thomas E. Feeley.

The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation, and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Monday, May 14, 2018

REALTOR SENTENCED FOR VIOLATING LEAD-BASED PAINT DISCLOSURE RULES



BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Maureen S. Walck, 73 of Lockport, NY, who was convicted of failure to provide lead paint hazard warning notice, was sentenced to time served, fined $1,000 and ordered to pay restitution to the victim in the amount of $53,326.07 by U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah J. McCarthy.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron J. Mango, who handled the case, stated that the defendant, a real estate broker with RealtyUSA, executed a contract on January 15, 2014, with the owner of a residence in Lockport, which gave the defendant the exclusive right to sell the residence. The residence was built in approximately 1900, and the owner was aware that lead-based paint hazards were present. The owner informed Walck of the hazards and showed a copy of the lead-based paint inspection reports to the defendant. 

On January 25, 2014, a prospective buyer made an offer to purchase the residence.  As part of the sales contract, a lead-based paint rider and disclosure form was included. Walck indicated that records pertaining to lead-based paint and/or lead-based paint hazards at the residence were provided to the prospective buyer. After an inspection of the residence, and after reviewing the lead-based paint records, the prospective buyer cancelled the sales contract.

On February 6, 2014, a second prospective buyer made an offer to purchase the residence. As part of the sales contract, another lead-based paint rider was included. However, unlike the rider with the first prospective buyers, Walck indicated that the seller had no knowledge of lead-based paint and/or lead-based paint hazards at the residence and that there were no records pertaining to lead-based paint and/or lead-based paint hazards for the residence. The second prospective buyers purchased the residence and closed on the residence on April 11, 2014.  In September 2015, the new owners learned that their child was diagnosed with lead poisoning.

“The legal maxim of caveat emptor or ‘let the buyer beware’ has no applicability where, as here, the seller’s agent withholds information from the buyer notwithstanding her legal obligation to disclose the same,” stated U.S. Attorney Kennedy. “Indeed, the more apt lesson to be gleaned from this prosecution might well be ‘let the artful agent beware.’” 

The sentencing is the result of an investigation on the part of Special Agents of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Criminal Investigation Division, under the direction of Special Agent-In-Charge Tyler Amon, and Special Agents of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General, Criminal Investigations Division, under the direction of Resident Agent-in-Charge Jeffrey K. Stachowiak.

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