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Press Release

Buffalo Man Sentenced For Structuring Financial Transactions

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of New York

CONTACT:      Barbara Burns
PHONE:         (716) 843-5817
FAX:            (716) 551-3051
BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Abdo Nagi Fadel, 66, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted of structuring currency transactions to evade reporting requirements, was sentenced to eight months in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Arcara.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott S. Allen, Jr., who handled the case, stated that in 2009, the defendant, an employee of a family owned retail business with check cashing operations, was suspected of structuring currency transactions in order to evade reporting requirements mandated by the United States Secretary of the Treasury. In November and December 2009, law enforcement officials from United States Customs and Immigration Enforcement organized and executed an undercover operation in which Fadel agreed to cash a $28,000 check and structure cash payments back to an undercover agent who claimed that he was attempting to avoid paying child support. In exchange, the defendant received a $2,100 commission.

The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation on the part of Special Agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge J. Michael Kennedy.

Updated July 13, 2015