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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Buffalo Man Sentenced For Bank Fraud

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


BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul announced today that Tarrek Williams, 27, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted of bank fraud, was sentenced to time served by U.S. District Court Chief Judge William M. Skretny.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Marie P. Grisanti, who handled the case, stated that between September 21, 2011 and July 28, 2013, the defendant, was involved in a scheme to defraud First Niagara Bank. As part of the scheme, Williams deposited false and fraudulent checks so others involved in the scheme could withdraw proceeds from that check before the bank realized that there were insufficient funds to cover that check. The total loss to First Niagara for these checks is $14,185.06.                                                                              

The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation on the part of Special Agents of the Postal Inspection Service, under the direction of Shelly Binkowski, the Inspector in Charge of the Boston Division.                                            

Updated December 18, 2014