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Rochester Man Charged With Possession Of Contraband In Prison And Making False Statements

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

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

ROCHESTER, N.Y.  U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that a federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging Hoeub Chan, 35, of Rochester, NY, with possession of contraband in prison and making false statements to the United States Marshal Service. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig R. Gestring, who is handling the case, stated that according to the indictment, Chan, who was sentenced to federal prison in January 2016, smuggled Oxycodone and Dextroamphetamine into custody in the seams of his shirt, socks, and hidden in his shoes. The defendant made multiple false statements to deputies with the Marshal  Service while being processed in which he denied possessing any contraband.

Chan was sentenced to federal prison on January 6, 2016 following his conviction for conspiracy to commit mail fraud. In that case, the defendant and his co-conspirators engaged in a scheme to defraud Rochester Electric and Gas by re-routing closed account payments. As a result of that scheme, Chan obtained over $72,000, which he was also ordered to repay.

Today’s indictment is the culmination of an investigation conducted by the United States Marshals Service, under the direction of Marshal Charles Salina.

Chan was arraigned this morning before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jonathan W. Feldman.

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

Updated March 22, 2016