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

Monday, June 26, 2017

Gowanda Woman Charged With Lying To The FBI

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

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Shania Martin, 21, of Gowanda, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with making a false statement. The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

  Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Lamarque, who is handling the case, stated that the defendant is the girlfriend of Shane Michael Aurand. Aurand was arrested in March 2015 and charged federally with producing and distributing child pornography. According to the complaint, Martin made false statements to special agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation during the investigation of her boyfriend.    

Martin made an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah J. McCarthy and released.

The complaint is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Adam S. Cohen.

The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Updated June 26, 2017