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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 10, 2016

Buffalo Man Pleads Guilty To Wire Fraud And Aggravated Idenity Theft

CONTACT:      Barbara Burns
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BUFFALO, N.Y.- Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Alan Ceccarelli, 31, of Buffalo, NY, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft, before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross, who is handling the case, stated that between January 2013 and January 2016, Ceccarelli, the owner and manager of a debt collection business, engaged in a scheme to defraud debtors and purported debtors by false and fraudulent pretenses. The defendant tricked and coerced victims throughout the United States into paying debts that they owed or debts that they did not owe through a variety of false statements and threats. Ceccarelli hired a number of debt collectors as part of the scheme which resulted in his company collecting more than $1,022,000 from thousands of victims across the United States. In order to further the scheme, the defendant used a variety of aliases and identities of others.

The plea is the result of an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James C. Spero.

Sentencing is scheduled for February 8, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. before Judge Wolford.

Updated November 10, 2016