East Aurora Man Sentenced For Money Laundering
BUFFALO, N.Y.-- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today John
Sorrentino, 46, of East Aurora, N.Y., who was convicted of money laundering, was
sentenced to 31 months in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Maura K. O'Donnell, who handled the case, stated that the
defendant used fraudulent loan applications to induce five banks in Arizona and Western
New York into lending him large sums of money. Sorrentino then filtered the proceeds from
the fraudulent loans into a down payment for the purchase of a home in East Aurora. In
applying for a mortgage for the property, the defendant provided false information regarding
his salary, employer, and address. In addition, Sorrentino used a fraudulent loan application
to obtain a mortgage and a home equity line of credit on a property in Arizona.
As part of the defendant's plea, his home in East Aurora will be forfeited to the
Government as well as the computers used to facilitate the unlawful activity and a truck
purchased with illegally obtained funds.
This law enforcement action is part of President Barack Obama’s Financial Fraud
Enforcement Task Force. President Obama established the interagency Financial Fraud
Enforcement Task Force to wage an aggressive, coordinated and proactive effort to
investigate and prosecute financial crimes. The task force includes representatives from a
broad range of federal agencies, regulatory authorities, inspectors general, and state and local
law enforcement who, working together, bring to bear a powerful array of criminal and civil
enforcement resources. The task force is working to improve efforts across the federal
executive branch, and with state and local partners, to investigate and prosecute significant
financial crimes, ensure just and effective punishment for those who perpetrate financial
crimes, combat discrimination in the lending and financial markets, and recover proceeds for
victims of financial crimes.
The plea was the culmination of an investigation on the part of Special Agents of the
Secret Service, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Tracy Gast.