Former Corrections Officer Returns to Prison as Inmate 12-8-20

NEW YORK — A judge sentenced a former Metropolitan Correctional Center officer on Tuesday to three and half years in prison for having abusive sexual contact with female inmates. Prosecutors say Colin Akparanta had contact with seven victims in his custody between 2012 and 2018.

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Eight “Pure Armenian Blood” Members Charged with Racketeering 12-8-20

NEW YORK — Eight people have been charged with racketeering as part of the “Pure Armenian Blood” crime organization, according to an indictment unsealed Tuesday. Prosecutors say the suspects stole victims’ identities, bought and sold items with counterfeit credit cards, opened lines of credit in the names of their friends and acquaintances and then exhausted those credit lines by running up charges.

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Convicted Crack Peddler Gets Decade in Prison 12-7-20

ALBANY — A judge sentenced a Schenectady man on Monday to a decade in prison for trafficking cocaine. Prosecutors say Robert J. Chaires admitted to selling nearly two ounces of crack to a buyer in Schenectady.

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Trio Charged with Bronx Home Invasion Robbery and Shooting 12-1-20

NEW YORK — Federal agents charged three men on Tuesday in connection with a Bronx home-invasion robbery and the shooting of a marijuana dealer on Aug. 29. Prosecutors say that Shawn Garcia, Oscar Rios and Sutha Taylor worked with two co-conspirators to fool the victims into opening their apartment, then rushed the residence, shot the dealer and fled with a safe containing the marijuana profits.

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Troy Man Gets Prison Time for Marijuana and Gun Crimes 11-30-20


ALBANY — A judge sentenced a Troy man on Monday to over six years in prison for peddling marijuana and weapons crimes. Prosecutors say that Dyshawn Fisher, who has a prior conviction for burglary, admitted to firing several shots into the street to protect his trafficking operation in 2018.

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Five Capital Region Residents Accused of Pushing Cocaine and Heroin 11-30-20


ALBANY — Five people from Schenectady and Clifton Park were charged on Monday with trafficking cocaine and heroin. Prossecutors say that Garrick Bailey, Chavon Sutton, Timothy Kingsland, Tracey Kingsland and Christina Altieri trafficked the narcotics in September and November. Bailey is facing up to life in prison if convicted, and the others are facing up to 40 years if convicted.

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Grand Jury Charges Convicted Buffalo Robber With Two More Heists 11-25-20

BUFFALO — A grand jury charged a convicted robber on Wednesday with two other robberies committed while on the lam from a federal prison in Florida. Prosecutors say Joseph Licata was serving a 10-year sentence for a 2010 Buffalo bank robbery when he escaped in mid-January this year. He returned to Buffalo and robbed a bank and a gas station several days later.

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Buffalo Drug Trafficker Sentenced to Prison 11-25-20

BUFFALO — A judge sentenced a convicted drug trafficker to eight and half years in prison on Wednesday. Prosecutors say that Lamario Mills sold cocaine and marijuana as an organizer in Buffalo’s Townsend Street drug trafficking organization.

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Police Chase Leads to Arrest of Man Wanted for Robbery 11-20-20
 

FALCONER — Police arrested a fugitive from justice after he crashed his car during a chase in Falconer on Nov. 20. Police say they pursued Marquis Lewis, who is wanted for robbery in Ohio, after they spotted him driving erratically on Interstart 86. He fled at high speed, exited the interstate and crashed at an intersection.

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100-pound Cocaine Crime Results in 7.5-year Prison Sentence 11-18-20

SYRACUSE — A judge sentenced a Hogansburg man on Wednesday to seven and half years in prison for narcotics trafficking. Prosecutors said Troy Lyons had admitted to conspiring with others to smuggle more than 100 pounds of cocaine from California to Syracuse for transport to Canada. Police seized the drugs from a courier in Syracuse in 2018.

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Felon Convicted in Connection with Shooting 11-18-20

BROOKLYN — A jury convicted a felon of possessing a shotgun that he used to wound a man in Queens in 2018. Prosecutors say Alonzo Shipp shot the man in the abdomen, chased him for two blocks and stood over the collapsed victim as he begged for his life. Shipp’s gun then jammed and he fled, tossing the weapon in a dumpster.

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Troy Man Cops Plea to Gun and Drug-trafficking Charges 11-17-20

ALBANY — A Troy man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to heroin trafficking and gun possession. Prosecutors say Jean Luis Colon admitted to having a .38 caliber Smith and Wesson revolver with a defaced serial number and over 2,000 small bags of heroin packaged for sale in his home last August. He’s facing up to a quarter-century in prison.

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Kaiser Foundation Health Plan to Pay $6.3 million to Settle False Claims Allegations 11-16-20

BUFFALO — Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington agreed on Monday to pay more than $6.3 million to settle allegations that it submitted invalid diagnoses to Medicare in return for inflated payments. Prosecutors say the claim was originally part of a whistle-blower lawsuit brought by former Kaiser employee Teresa Ross, and that she’ll receive $1.5 million for her share in the recovery.

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Union President Charged with Grifting Union Funds 11-16-20

RHINEBECK — A Poughkeepsie man was charged with grand larceny and falsifying business records on Monday for allegedly scamming more than $150,000 from the Dutchess County BOCES Faculty Association. Police say James Fitzmaurice misappropriated the funds while serving as the association president from 2017 to 2020.

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Connecticut Financial Advisor Sentenced in Ponzi Scheme Case 11-17-20


NEW YORK — A judge sentenced a Connecticut man on Tuesday to three and half years in prison for running a multi-million Ponzi scheme. Prosecutors say James Booth garnered more than $4.9 million from about 40 investors to to invest in securities, but kept the money and spent some of it on himself.

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Albany Man Dies After Colliding with a Semi 11-17-20

MENANDS — An Albany man was killed in a collision with a tractor-trailer on Route 787 in Menands on Tuesday. Police say Quentin Smith died after rear-ending the truck during stop-and-go traffic.

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Irondequoit Sent to Federal Prison for Cyberstalking 11-16-20

ROCHESTER — A judge sentenced an Irondequoit man to two years in prison on Monday for cyberstalking a victim from 2017 to 2019. Prosecutors say Theodore Loria pretended to be police and sent threatening texts to the victim, along with location information about the victim and the victim’s loved ones.

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Middletown Man Facing Nearly Four Dozen Traffic Violations 11-16-20

MONTGOMERY — A Middletown man is facing 45 traffic tickets and multiple misdemeanor charges following a high-speed chase on Interstate 84 and Route 17 in Montgomery on Sunday. State Police say troopers tried to stop Chandler Riggin for speeding, but he fled, struck another car and overturned. Riggin and his passenger Brittany Tobin were also charged with drug possession.

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Mayfield Pedestrian Struck and Killed by a Car 11-16-20

MAYFIELD — Police are investigating a traffic accident that took the life of a Mayfield woman on Monday. Police say Sandi T. Embree-Dubois, 73, was in the southbound lane of State Route 30 when she was struck by a car.

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Hudson Woman Charged with Attempted Murder of Police Officer 11-9-20

GALLATIN — Officials charged a Hudson woman with the attempted murder of a police officer after a stand-off incident in Gallatin on Monday. Police say that Madison Kreutzer barricaded herself in a Doodletown Road home and shot at officers who responded to the scene.

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Rochester Drug Trafficker Gets 21 Years in Prison 11-9-20

ROCHESTER — A federal judge sentenced a Rochester man to over two decades in prison for his role in the Figueroa drug-trafficking organization. Prosecutors say Obed Torres Garcia distributed signicant amounts of cocaine and heroin and shot at rival gangs and police between 2015 and 2018.

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Buffalo Man Gets Four Years for Grand Jury Fibs 11-9-20

BUFFALO — A judge sentenced a Buffalo man to four years in prison on Monday for lying to a grand jury about his statements during the Jaquan Sullivan murder investigation. Prosecutors say Demetrius Lowry told the jury that he’d never spoke with police about the murder when he had actually given two written statements about the 2015 killing.

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Former Pharmaceutical CFO Admits to Insider Trading 11-9-20

CENTRAL ISLIP — The former chief financial officer of Aceto Corporation pleaded guilty to insider trading Monday. Prosecutors say Douglas Roth ducked $145,000 in losses by selling shares ahead of negative news about the New York-based pharmaceutical firm.

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NY Cop Charged in Multi-National Cocaine Trafficking Ring 11-9-20

NEW YORK — A New York City Police officer and four others were charged with trafficking more than 350 kilograms of cocaine, according to an indictment unsealed Monday. Prosecutors say Officer Amaury Abreu tipped off the group about investigations so they could smuggle cocaine into the United States and pedal it on the streets of New York while staying ahead of the law.

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NY Doctor Kicks in to Resolve Kickback Lawsuit 11-9-20

NEW YORK — A doctor agreed Monday to pay $150,000 to resolve a suit accusing him of paying kickbacks to adult homes. Prosecutors say Dominick Piacente paid the kickbacks to receive Medicare payments for services he never provided.

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Last Accused Union Member Pleads Guilty 11-5-20

ALBANY — The last of five union members accused of defrauding their union’s health care plan pleaded guilty Thursday. Prosecutors say the five Plumbing and Pipefitting Union members grifted more than $67,000 from the plan by submitting fake medical treatment receipts for reimbursement.

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Brooklyn Man Admits to Gift-card Scheme 11-5-20


NEWARK — A Brooklyn man pleaded guilty Thursday to scamming hundreds of thousands of dollars in a black-market gift-card scheme. Prosecutors say James Olla and others used stolen credit card information to buy gift cards that they sold for large sums of money in Brooklyn.

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Troy Man Admits to Using Facebook to Threaten Police 11-5-20

ALBANY — A Troy man pleaded guilty today to threatening police over the Internet. Prosecutors say Jhajuan Sabb used Facebook Live to say he was going to run over police with a car and throw bricks at them in June.

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Bronx Man Accused of Holding Mother and Son Prisoner 11-4-20


NEW YORK — FBI agents charged a Bronx man on Wednesday with kidnapping a mother and her seven-year old son. Prosecutors say Aquilino Torres sexually assaulted the mother and abused them both at an apartment for days before they escaped.

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Buffalo Mail Carrier Accused of Failing to Deliver Ballots 11-5-20

BUFFALO — A Buffalo postal worker was charged on Thursday with failing to deliver three absentee ballots and hundreds of other mail pieces. Prosecutors say Brandon Wilson kept the mail in his car, but customs inspectors found it as he was trying to cross the border into the United States on election day.

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Poughkeepsie Woman Accused of Using Forged License to Buy a Car 11-4-20

POUGHKEEPSIE — Police charged a Poughkeepsie woman on Wednesday with identify theft and forgery for allegedly using a bogus driver’s license to buy a car from a dealership. Police say that during the transaction, the DMV discovered that Veronica Reyes was using a license with her photo but another person’s identification number.

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High-Ranking NY City Gang Member Sentenced to Over Two Decades in Prison 11-4-20

BROOKLYN — A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced a Brooklyn man to 24 years in prison for kidnapping and assaulting victims as a high-ranking member of the Nine Trey Gangster Bloods gang. Prosecutors say Anthony Ellison committed the offenses as part of the gang’s criminal enterprise, which included drug trafficking, shootings, robberies, and assaults in and around Manhattan and Brooklyn.                 

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Feds Charge Convicted Fraudster with New Scam 11-3-20

BROOKLYN — FBI agents charged a convicted con man on Tuesday with allegedly scamming $4 million from people who invested in his wealth-management business, known as Green light Investment Partners. Prosecutors say Terrance Chalk hid his criminal past to lure investors, then spent their money on himself and his associates.

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Two Men Charged in 2011 Murder 11-3-20

BROOKLYN — Two federal inmates were charged on Tuesday with the 2011 murder of Jonathan Johnson. Prosecutors say Marcus Chambers and Darnell Kidd, who are currently serving time for unrelated crimes, shot Johnson while robbing him of marijuana in White Plains.

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Child’s Presence Ups Albany Man’s Drug Charges 11-6-20

COEYMANS — Police charged an Albany man with drug possession and endangering a child’s welfare following a traffic stop on Route 87 in Coeymans on Tuesday. Police say they found 18 grams of cocaine and one gram of heroin on Jamil Jordan, who was riding in the car with a child.

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Schenectady Man Charged with Heisting Cash and Jewels 11-2-20

SCHENECTADY — Police arrested a Schenectady man on Monday for allegedly burglarizing more than $10,000 worth of cash and jewelry from the home of his former girlfriend. Police say Delavan Raphael entered the home and stole the items on the afternoon of Oct. 25.

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Seven Accused of Running Jamestown Drug Ring 10-30-20

BUFFALO — A grand jury charged seven people with drug trafficking in a 34-count indictment handed up on Friday. Prosecutors say the group sold methamphetamine, cocaine and opiates in the Jamestown area between December 2018 and Oct. 27 of this year.

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NXIVM Leader Keith Raniere Sentenced to Over 100 Years in Prison 10-27-20

BROOKLYN — A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced NXIVM Leader Keith Raniere to serve 120 years in prison for racketeering, sex trafficking and other crimes. Prosecutors say Raniere ran a secret organization under NXIVM that recruited women, enslaved them, and exploited them for sex and labor.

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Construction Company Owner Facing Prison Time for Grifting School Authority 10-26-20

BROOKLYN — The owner of Orba Construction Company pleaded guilty on Monday to underpaying workers and defrauding the New City School Construction Authority. Prosecutors say Rakesh Kumar, who’s facing up to two decades in prison, also agreed to pay over $600,000 in restitution to his victims and their unions.

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Masschutsetts Man Accused of Possessing Cocaine Found Stashed in Cereal Boxes 10-24-20

VERONA — Police charged a Massachusetts man with felony drug trafficking on Saturday in connection with cocaine allegedly found in his car. Police say they stopped Jahn Rentas, 23, for traffic violations in Verona and searched his car, where they discovered 4.5 pounds of cocaine hidden in two cereal boxes.

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AIG Agrees to Pay Penalty on Millions in Bogus Tax Credits 10-23-20

NEW YORK — Insurance giant AIG agreed on Friday to pay a 10 percent tax penalty on $400 million in bogus foreign tax credits claimed for 1997. Prosecutors say the company generated the credits using sham transactions and shell companies that were devoid of any legitimate business purpose.

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Niagara Falls Woman Gets Year Sentence For Running Hubby’s Crack Business 10-23-20

NIAGARA FALLS — A Niagara Falls woman was sentenced to a year behind bars on Friday for conspiring with her imprisoned husband to sell drugs in Niagara County. Prosecutors say Tasheka Stalling used her husband Jermaine Ellison’s cellphone contacts to pedal cocaine when he went to prison in 2016.

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Explosion in Home Injures Saranac Man 10-27-20

SARANAC — Police are investigating an explosion that severely injured a Saranac man in his home on Lyon Mountain Oct. 22. Police say 50-year old Brett Smith was taken to University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington.

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New York City Pharmacy Owner Sentenced for Healthcare Fraud 10-23-20

NEW YORK — A New York City pharmacy owner was sentenced to two and half years in prison on Friday after being convicted of scamming the government. Prosecutors say Sajid Javed billed Medicare and Medicaid more than $7 million for fraudulent prescriptions.

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Buffalo Man Cops Plea in Cocaine Trafficking Case 10-23-20

BUFFALO — A Buffalo man pleaded guilty on Friday to trafficking cocaine between New York and Texas. Prosecutors say Lance Parker and a co-conspirator were caught with more than 37 pounds of the drug and more than a half-million dollars in a West Seneca parking lot in 2018.

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