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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Albion Man Pleads Guilty To Stealing Government Property

CONTACT: Barbara Burns
PHONE:  (716) 843-5817
FAX #:                 (716) 551-3051

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Justin D. Weese, of Albion, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa to converting to his own use machinery belonging to the United States Federal Aviation Administration. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 or both.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Bradley E. Tyler, who is handling the case, stated that Weese was an employee of the Federal Aviation Administration. In June 2014, the defendant was tasked with taking a welder, a mower, and a trailer to a scrap yard. Instead, Weese kept the items for his own personal use. In addition, the defendant was supposed to take an all-terrain vehicle to be traded in for a newer model and again, Weese kept the vehicle for his own use.

The plea was the culmination of an investigation on the part of Special Agents of the Department of Transportation, Office of Inspector General.         

Sentencing is scheduled for August 6, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. Judge Siragusa.

Updated May 8, 2015