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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Hamburg Man Going To Prison For Stalking A Local News Reporter

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

BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Paul E. Lubienecki, 63, of Hamburg, NY, who was convicted of stalking, was sentenced to serve 12 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. 

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Aaron J. Mango and Charles M. Kruly, who handled the case, stated that on six separate occasions between August 20, 2019, and February 4, 2020, the defendant left harassing and threatening voicemails for Victim 1 relating to the victim’s reporting on the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, which appeared on Channel 7 WKBW. The defendant, using a TracFone cellular telephone with a phone number that appeared as “unknown,” left the voicemails with the intent to harass and intimidate Victim 1.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Stephen Belongia, and the East Aurora Police Department, under the direction of Chief Shane Krieger.

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Updated November 9, 2021