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An ACD is Not an Admission of Guilt in New York State

An ACD is Not an Admission of Guilt in New York State

 

An adjournment in contemplation of dismissal, commonly referred to as an ACD, is a sentence typically offered to a defendant when the crime charged is a misdemeanor and the defendant has no prior record. In sum, the case is put on hold for a specified amount of time (generally six months) and if the defendant has stayed out of trouble throughout that time period, the charges are dismissed. Under New York State law an ACD is not considered a criminal conviction nor involves a guilty plea. 

Four NU Professors Collaborate To Publish Manuscript On Poverty Assessment & Tracking

Four NU Professors Collaborate To Publish Manuscript On Poverty Assessment & Tracking

A study performed by four Niagara University professors regarding undergraduate students’ perceptions of those living in poverty has been published in the Journal of Research on Social Work Practice.

Research on Social Work Practice, published bi-monthly, is a disciplinary journal devoted to the publication of empirical research concerning the assessment methods and outcomes of social work practice.

Middleport, NY Woman Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud

Middleport, NY Woman Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud

BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announces that Linda Rakonczay, 58, of Middleport, N.Y., pleaded guilty to wire fraud and filing false tax returns before Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny. The charges carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both.

Lockport, NY Male Convicted Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Cocaine Base

BUFFALO, N.Y.--U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announces today that Damian Ard, 33, of Lockport, N.Y., who was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, cocaine base, was sentenced to six years in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Catherine Baumgarten, who handled the case, stated that the defendant was arrested as a result of a long-term investigation into narcotics trafficking in Niagara County and the City of Buffalo conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration and Niagara County Drug Taskforce. The investigation involved several court-authorized wiretaps, including  two cellular telephones used by Ard to conduct his drug-trafficking. The defendant distributed cocaine base, cocaine, heroin, prescription medications, and marijuana in the Lockport area from early 2009 through August 2010, some of which was supplied to him by co-defendant Eric Williams. 

Niagara County - Town of Niagara Woman Sentenced on Drug Charges

Niagara County - Town of Niagara  Woman Sentenced on Drug Charges
BUFFALO, N.Y.—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announces that Roberta Hannon, 46, of the Town of Niagara, who was convicted of conspiring to manufacture methamphetamine, was sentenced to 12 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Catherine Baumgarten, who handled the case, the defendant was arrested along with three others during the execution of a search warrant of a mobile home at 314 Quain Place, Town of Niagara, on May 3, 2012. Hannon resided in a mobile home at that address.

Cross Border Partnership Leads to "Largest Seizure of Cocaine in District's History"

Cross Border Partnership Leads to "Largest Seizure of Cocaine in District's History"

BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Parminder Sidhu, 39, of Brampton, Ontario, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to export from the United States five kilograms or more of cocaine before Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny. The charge carries a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life, a $10,000,000 fine or both.

 

“This case stands for more than the largest seizure of cocaine in this District’s history,” said U.S. Attorney Hochul. “Of equal importance, this prosecution demonstrates that American and Canadian law enforcement partners can work seamlessly together to protect the citizens of both countries. For while it may have be true that crime knows no borders, now criminals should realize that our ability to apprehend them also has no geographic limitations.”  

 

Gambia Male Convicted of Misuse of a Passport and Aggravated ID Theft

Gambia Male Convicted of Misuse of a Passport and Aggravated ID Theft

BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr., announced today that Bakusa Dukaray, 38, of Gambia, pleaded guilty to misuse of passport and aggravated identity theft before U.S. District Chief Judge William M. Skretny. The misuse of passport charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both. The aggravated identity theft charge carries a mandatory two year consecutive sentence to the misuse of passport charge.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Marie P. Grisanti, who is handling the case, stated that on May 5, 2013, Dukaray attempted to enter the U.S. at the Lewiston Bridge Port of Entry in Lewiston, N.Y. At that time, the defendant presented a Canadian passport issued to his friend.  

The conviction is the result of an investigation on the part of Enforcement Officers of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection under the direction of Randy Howe, Acting Director of Field Operations.