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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Virgin Islands Man Sentenced On Fraud Charge

CONTACT:         Barbara Burns              
PHONE:           (716) 843-5817
FAX:              (716) 551-3051
 
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr., announced today that Kevin Liburd, 41, of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, who was convicted of conspiracy to defraud the United States, was sentenced to time served (eight months) by Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny.

Assistant U.S. Attorney George C. Burgasser, who handled the case, stated that on January 27, 2011, the defendant, along with co-defendants Mica Donadelle and James Phillips, conspired to avoid the detection of $162,300 at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. Phillips, an airport employee at the time, bypassed screening procedures and stored the money in an airport bathroom which was later picked up by Liburd.
 
Phillips has been convicted and is awaiting sentencing. Charges are still pending against Donadelle. 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.  

The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation on the part of the Safe Streets Task Force of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Updated July 2, 2015