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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, April 18, 2016

Jamestown Man Is Sentenced For Making False Statements

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

ROCHESTER, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced today that Tyrell Fuqua-Hayes, 38, of Jamestown, NY, who was convicted of making false statements and representations to the FBI, was sentenced to 27 months in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Tiffany H. Lee, who handled the case, stated that in January 2015, Hayes alleged that he met a man who was arrested in another federal case while they were in custody together at the same jail.  The defendant claimed that the man provided him with contact information and advised Hayes that he would be reaching out to him.

In May 2015, Hayes advised the Federal Bureau of Investigation that he was receiving text messages from the man he met in jail indicating that the man wanted to pay the defendant $5000 to kill witnesses in that man’s case. The defendant later admitted he created the text messages himself and that lied about the recent conversations between the man and himself.   

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Child Exploitation Task Force which includes the Rochester Police Department, the Monroe County Sheriff’s office and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations.

Updated April 20, 2016