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Brian campbell sentenced for money laundering

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 9, 2014

       ROCHESTER, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Brian Campbell, 74, of Rochester, N.Y., who was convicted of conspiring to launder money, was sentenced to one year of home confinement and five years probation by U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John J. Field, who handled the case, stated that the defendant worked for Kenneth Griffin, a co-defendant who was convicted in May 2013, at an employment staffing business that was used to commit fraud. The fraud involved creating false invoices and other supporting documents that the defendant then sold to a series of financing companies on a weekly basis for immediate cash. When a financing company realized that it had been sold uncollectible invoices and stopped dealing with Griffin's business, the defendant would change business names and continue the scheme with another financing company.

Griffin and others involved in the conspiracy sought to conceal their ill-gotten gains, which totaled approximately $567,000, by laundering the proceeds of the fraud using anonymous debit cards. These cards were provided to lower-level employees, who were directed to go to ATMs in the Rochester area to withdraw cash and return with the money, which was shared among the co-conspirators. Kenneth Griffin was sentenced to 46 months in prison.

The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation on the part of Special Agents of the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division, under the direction of Shantelle P. Kitchen, Acting Special Agent in Charge, New York Field Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.