Buffalo New York, February 3, 2022 – Attorney Rob Singer convinces federal prosecutors to dismiss charges against his client, a Canadian truck driver, who unknowingly hauled $2.5 million worth of marijuana across the Peace Bridge border crossing.
Buffalo, New York, October 14, 2021 – Last night, the federal government moved to dismiss its False Claims Act lawsuit against Lee Strock, days after entering a consent judgement with codefendant Strock Contracting, Inc.
Federal Judge sharply critical of Pigram Indictment, Says federal Grand Jury may have been instructed “erroneously” by Federal Prosecutors, “Seriously” questions whether federal Indictment is “valid on its face”
Buffalo, New York, July 2, 2020 – In a sharply critical decision filed last night, United States Magistrate Judge Jeremiah J. McCarthy granted a defense motion to inspect materials presented to a federal grand jury that voted to indict Semaj Pigram, Walter Stewart, and Deyanna Davis of being a “felon in possession of a firearm.” The federal charge relates to an incident that occurred on June 1, 2020, in which Ms. Davis’ car drove through a police line, seriously injuring one New York State Trooper.
Buffalo, New York, June 18, 2020 Larell Watkins of Buffalo, New York, was sentenced to 19 years in prison and 5 years supervised release by United States District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo following his pleas of guilty to two counts of engaging in a racketeering conspiracy and a narcotics conspiracy. The charges relate to Mr. Watkins’ role in criminal activities that took place in and around the Town Gardens Apartments and the east side of Buffalo between 2014 and 2018.
Buffalo, New York, January 6, 2020 – Larell Watkins of Buffalo, New York, pleaded guilty to two counts in a federal indictment charging him with a racketeering conspiracy and a narcotics conspiracy. The charges relate to Mr. Watkins’ role in criminal activities that took place in and around the Town Gardens Apartments and the east side of Buffalo between 2014 and 2018. Mr. Watkins entered his pleas of guilty this afternoon in Buffalo before United States District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo. If District Judge Vilardo accepts the plea deal agreed to by the parties at sentencing, Mr. Watkins will be sentenced to 19 years in prison for his role in the conspiracy
Ann Arbor, Michigan, October 22, 2019 – Jeffery Pietrzyk, Sr. of Grand Island, New York, pleaded guilty to a two-count criminal information charging him with conspiracy to commit honest services fraud and money laundering.
Tonawanda, New York, October 4, 2019 – John Guercio of Tonawanda, New York, is the homeowner of the residence that was the scene of the brutal murder of Danielle Cretacci and the shooting of her two children in August 2019. This afternoon, Tonawanda Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced an increase to the reward available for information leading to an arrest of the murderer of Cretacci.
Williamsville, New York, September 20, 2019 – Jeffery Pietrzyk, Sr. of Grand Island, New York, was charged via criminal information with conspiracy to commit honest services fraud and money laundering offenses. The charges relate back to Mr. Pietrzyk’s time as Administrative Assistant to the Center for Human Resources in Detroit, Michigan. Mr. Pietrzyk held this position at the CHR from 2010 until he retired in July 2014.
Tonawanda, New York, August 28, 2019 – John Guercio of Tonawanda, New York, is the homeowner of the residence on Ebling Avenue in Tonawanda, New York, that was the scene of a brutal murder and shooting yesterday. Guercio is an employee and co-owner of Guercio & Sons on Grant Street in Buffalo, New York. Guercio was friends with Danielle Cretacci, the woman who was murdered last night. Cretacci is a former employee of Guercio & Sons. Guercio allowed Ms. Cretacci and her two children to live in his house earlier this year when she had difficulty finding housing and reached out to Guercio for help. Guercio also helped care for Cretacci’s children while they were living at his residence.