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Rochester Man Sentenced For Smuggling Contraband Into Jail

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. -- Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Hoeub Chan, 35, of Rochester, NY, who was convicted of smuggling narcotics into jail, was sentenced to 18 months in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig R. Gestring, who handled the case, stated that Chan was sentenced to federal prison in January of 2016, following his conviction for conspiracy to commit mail fraud. After being taken into custody, law enforcement officers discovered that the defendant smuggled Oxycodone and Dextroamphetamine into his place of incarceration in the seams of his shirt, socks, and hidden in his shoes. Chan made multiple false statements in which he denied possessing any contraband to Deputy United States Marshals while being processed.

Chan was previously convicted of conspiracy to commit mail fraud for engaging in a scheme with others to defraud Rochester Electric and Gas by re-routing closed account payments. As a result of that scheme, the defendant obtained over $72,000, which he was ordered to repay.

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

Updated April 6, 2017