Buffalo Man Pleads Guilty To Wire Fraud And Tax Evasion
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BUFFALO, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced today that Salvatore Letizia, 40, of Buffalo, NY, pleaded guilty to wire fraud and tax evasion before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. The wire fraud charge carries up to 20 years in prison and the tax evasion charge carries up to five years in prison.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank T. Pimentel, who is handling the case, stated that from 2005 until 2009, Letizia defrauded four individuals out of more than $360,000. The defendant made false representations to entice the victims to invest in fictional business ventures. Letizia took the invested funds and credit lines and used them for his personal benefit. In addition, the defendant failed to file any tax returns for the tax years 2005 through 2009 declaring the income that resulted from the fraudulent activity.
The plea is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Adam S. Cohen Niagara, and Special Agents of the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division, under the direction of Shantelle P. Kitchen, Special Agent in Charge.
Sentencing is scheduled for September 29, 2016, at 12:30 p.m. before Judge Arcara.