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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 20, 2016

Buffalo Man Sentenced For Money Laundering Conspiracy

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

BUFFALO, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced today that Justin Stevens, 32, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted of money laundering conspiracy, was sentenced to 12 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank T. Pimentel, who handled the case, stated that between January 2014 and September 30, 2014, the defendant obtained marijuana via commercial shipments from co-conspirator, James Parish, of Carlsbad, California. In turn, Stevens deposited $38,100 in marijuana proceeds into Parish’s bank account in Buffalo. The defendant also provided $10,000 in proceeds from marijuana distribution to co-conspirator Benjamin Golembiewski to be forwarded on to Parish.

Parish was convicted and sentenced to 120 months in prison.

Today’s sentencing is the result of an investigation on the part of the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of James J. Hunt, Special Agent in Charge, New York Field Division, and the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Police, under the direction of Chief George W. Gast.

Updated June 22, 2016