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Date: 06-05-2024

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United States of America v. Vyacheslav S. Migitskiy

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Judge: Frank P. Geraci, Jr.

Court: The United States District Court for the Western District of New York (Erie County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: The United States Attorney’s Office for Buffalo, New York

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Buffalo, New York criminal defense lawyer represented the Defendant charged with making a false statement involving sunken vessel

Rochester man sentenced for making a false statement involving sunken vessel



Vyacheslav S. Migitskiy, 34, a Ukrainian national living in Rochester, NY, was convicted of making a materially false statement, was sentenced to time served, and ordered to pay $15,442 in restitution.

On August 25, 2022, Migitskiy towed a 25-foot Bayliner boat onto Lake Ontario with the intention of sinking the abandoned vessel. Migitskiy intentionally sunk the vessel without reporting his actions. The following day, on August 26, 2022, the partially submerged boat was discovered by civilian witnesses who reported the sinking to the United States Coast Guard, which resulted in an immediate search and rescue effort by the Coast Guard, the New York State Police, and other law enforcement agencies which included deployment of surface vessels, aircraft, and SCUBA search teams. The United States Coast Guard spent $14,194 during the search and rescue effort, while the New York State Police spent $1,248.

On October 4, 2022, Migitskiy was interviewed by a Special Agent with the United States Coast Guard, during which he falsely stated that he had donated the boat to unnamed individuals. Migitskiy further provided a false description of the individuals who took possession of the vessel, false information on how they removed the vessel from his property, and false information on what they did with the vessels’ trailer.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Coast Guard Investigative Service, under the direction of Joshua Packer, Special Agent-in-Charge, Central Region, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff Todd Baxter, the New York State Police, under the direction of Major Miklos Szoczei III, and the Gates Police Department, under the direction of Chief Robert Long, the Rochester Fire Department, under the direction of Chief Stefano Napolitano, the Irondequoit Police Department, under the direction of Chief Scott Peters, and the Greece Police Department, under the direction of Chief Michael Wood.

Outcome:

Defendant was found guilty and sentenced to time served, and ordered to pay $15,442 in restitution

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