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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 18, 2019

Williamsville Man Pleads Guilty To Wire Fraud--Again

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

BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Robert C. Logel, 55, of Williamsville, NY, pleaded guilty before Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr. to wire fraud and tax evasion. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jonathan P. Cantil and MaryEllen Kresse, who are handling the case, stated that in 2009, the defendant was convicted of wire fraud for defrauding two victims out of nearly $3,000,000 and sentenced to 48 months in prison. Logel told the victims that he invested their money in various businesses when, in fact, he used the funds himself.
Within months of being released from prison, Logel entered into a scheme involving the production, distribution, and sale of two skin and healthcare products. During the course of the scheme, the defendant made false representations regarding his ability to distribute and market such products. As a result, victims, including QuadPharma, a pharmaceutical manufacturing company located in Clarence, NY, transferred funds to Logel which they believed would be used to ready the products for distribution and sale. The defendant did not, however, use the victims' money as promised. Rather, Logel used the vast majority of the funds for his personal use, including car payments, college tuition, rent for his and his girlfriend’s apartments, and cosmetic surgery. QuadPharma suffered a loss of approximately $417,120. Six other victims suffered a total loss of approximately $143,176.

In addition, the defendant failed to file income tax returns for the tax years 2004 through 2007, resulting in a loss of $5,574,837.38 to the Internal Revenue Service.

The plea is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Gary Loeffert, and the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division, under the direction of Acting Special Agent-in-Charge Jonathan D. Larsen.

Sentencing is scheduled for August 15, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. before Judge Geraci.

 

Topic(s): 
Financial Fraud
Updated April 18, 2019