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Friday, January 5, 2018

Former New Yorker Living in Mexico Sentenced to Prison for $10 Million Scheme to Defraud Liberty Travel, Scotiabank

PITTSBURGH – A former resident of Wappingers Falls, New York, who had been living in Ciudad de Tuxpan, Veracruz, Mexico, has been sentenced to 51 months imprisonment and three years supervised release on his conviction of fraud conspiracy and access device fraud, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

United States District Judge David S. Cercone imposed the sentence on Nicolas Frank Sucich, aka Francisco Javier Alavarez-Johnson, age 48, of Ciudad de Tuxpan, Veracruz, Mexico.

According to the information presented to the court, between November, 2007 and February, 2011, Sucich conspired to defraud Liberty Travel and Scotiabank of nearly $10 million through the purchase of airline tickets and travel with an unauthorized Scotiabank Mastercard. Upon completion of his sentence, Sucich will be sentenced in Duchess County, New York,on related fraud charges.

Assistant United States Attorney Gregory C. Melucci prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

The United States Attorney commended the U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, for the investigation that led to the successful prosecution of Nicolas Frank Sucich.

Updated February 6, 2018