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Buffalo Man Sentenced For Wire Fraud

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 Dewayne Vass, 30, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted of wire fraud affecting a financial institution, was sentenced to 30 months in prison by Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny. The defendant was also ordered to pay restitution totaling $2,400.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross, who handled the case, stated that the defendant was part of a scheme to defraud the government by obtaining money from the filing of false tax returns. Vass received the proceeds from one of the fraudulent tax returns which was filed with the Internal Revenue Service and for which the refund was placed on a prepaid debit card. The defendant used that card to obtain cash from an ATM totaling $6,248. The intended fraud of the  Internal Revenue Service totaled $72,589.00.

This law enforcement action is part of President Barack Obama’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force.  President Obama established the interagency Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force to wage an aggressive, coordinated and proactive effort to investigate and prosecute financial crimes.  The task force includes representatives from a broad range of federal agencies, regulatory authorities, inspectors general, and state and local law enforcement who, working together, bring to bear a powerful array of criminal and civil enforcement resources. The task force is working to improve efforts across the federal executive branch, and with state and local partners, to investigate and prosecute significant financial crimes, ensure just and effective punishment for those who perpetrate financial crimes, combat discrimination in the lending and financial markets, and recover proceeds for victims of financial crimes.

The sentencing is the culmination of a joint investigation on the part of the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division, under the direction of Shantelle P. Kitchen, Special Agent in Charge, New York Field Office, and the United States Postal Inspection Service, under the direction of Shelly Binkowski, Inspector in Charge, Boston Division.


Updated April 29, 2015