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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Buffalo Man Sentenced For Conspiracy To Commit Arson

CONTACT:      Barbara Burns
PHONE:         (716) 843-5817
FAX:            (716) 551-3051
                                             
BUFFALO, N.Y.—Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today Michael Fijal, 64, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted of conspiracy to commit arson, was sentenced to 12 months home detention by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. The defendant was also ordered to pay restitution totaling $119,312.05.

According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy C. Lynch, who handled the case, in May 2011, Fijal, a local bank employee, conspired with others to burn down a duplex at 179 Mackinaw Street, which is located in Buffalo's Old First Ward neighborhood. The defendant withdrew money from a local bank for the purpose of paying an accomplice to burn the building and paying the accomplice both before and after the fire on May 22, 2011. 

The sentencing is the result of investigation on the part of Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Adam S. Cohen; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Ashan Benedict, New York Field Division; and Investigators with the Buffalo Fire Department.

Updated August 10, 2017