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May 16, 2014

Naples Man Sentenced for Making False Statements to FBI

ROCHESTER, NY—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Brandon Todd, 20, of Naples, New York, who was convicted of making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, was sentenced to 12 months in prison and three years’ supervised release by U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer M. Noto, who is handled the case, stated that the defendant called the FBI in April and early May 2013 claiming to have information about sex trafficking. Todd also claimed to be involved in sex trafficking and to have connections to a group involved in sex trafficking. Following the defendant’s calls, the FBI began an investigation into Todd’s claims. On July 10, 2013, the defendant made false statements to an FBI special agent that he had recruited approximately 49 girls for a sex trafficking ring and that he was a member of a gang. At the time, Todd knew that these statements were false. These false statements—concerning the nature of the defendant’s involvement in a sex trafficking ring and his affiliation with a gang—were material to the FBI’s investigation.

The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation on the part of special agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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