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Buffalo business owner indicted on tax fraud charges and for harboring illegal aliens


BUFFALO -- A federal grand jury has returned a 15 count indictment charging Todd Cameron, 46, of East Amherst, with filing false tax returns and transporting and harboring illegal aliens. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Trini E. Ross and Stephanie Lamarque, who are handling the case, stated that according to the indictment, between June 2012 and December 2015, Cameron operated the Buffalo Remodeling & Construction Co. of W.N.Y. and Buffalo Roofing Co. For the tax years 2013, 2014, and 2015, the defendant failed accurately to report income generated from his businesses to the Internal Revenue Service.

In addition, between July 2015 and December 2015, Cameron is accused of transporting and harboring six illegal aliens for the purpose of commercial advantage and private financial gain. According to a previously filed complaint, the defendant paid for the illegal aliens to be transported from the State of Maryland here to the Western District of New York to work for his roofing business. Cameron then paid to house the illegal aliens, first at a local hotel and then in a house owned by a business of the defendant.

The defendant was arraigned this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah J. McCarthy and released on bond.