05/23/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/23/2019 19:17
CONTACT: Barbara Burns
PHONE: (716) 843-5817
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BUFFALO, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Atif Ullah, 30, of Buffalo, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo to distribution of child pornography. The charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of 20 years, and a $250,000 fine.
Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeremy Murray, who is handling the case, stated that on March 6, 2018, the defendant distributed a video using his cellular telephone that he knew constituted child pornography. On August 16, 2018, law enforcement officers executed a federal search warrant at the Ullah's residence and seized two cellular telephones, each containing images of child pornography. An examination of the telephones revealed a total of 33 images of child pornography. Eight of the images were produced by the defendant between June 22 and August 16, 2018. The minor depicted in the images was seven years old at the time of the production, and was related to the defendant.
The plea is the result of an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin Kelly.
Sentencing is scheduled for October 4, 2019, before Judge Vilardo.
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