Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Wyoming County to Benefit by Thousands:

MKG Wholesale Company admits laundering money, more than $30,000
to be received by Wyoming County

An extensive seven-month investigation has led to a guilty plea from a Cheektowaga company that admitted laundering money.

MKG Wholesale appeared in Town Court last month and a representative for the company entered a guilty plea to attempted fourth-degree money laundering.

The company agreed to forfeit $30,671 in cash, which will be given to the county.

The conviction stems from an investigation into a traffic stop conducted Aug. 19 on Route 20A by Wyoming County sheriff’s Sgt. Colin Reagan and Deputy Justin Bliss.

Harjeet S. Ghotra, 60, of Niagara Falls, Ontario was stopped for traffic violations and found to be driving with a suspended New York license.’

Ghotra was taken into custody and searched. Deputies found $30,671 in U.S. cash in his pockets. The money and Ghotra’s cell phone were seized.

He was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation, obstructed license plate and side windows non-transparent.

An investigation revealed Ghotra had been transporting cash for MKG, cash that was proceeds from the sale of prescription medication.

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