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U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. announced last Friday that Casey Lipps, 26, of North Tonawanda pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo to committing contempt of court by impermissibly leaking secret grand jury information. The charge carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.
Assistant U.S. attorneys Joshua A. Violanti and Brendan T. Cullinane, who are handling the case, said that in October 2016, the defendant was chosen to serve as a grand juror on a federal grand jury. However, in violation of an order from the court to secret any and all matters involving the grand jury, Lipps impermissibly leaked grand jury information to others. In particular, the defendant revealed information to various persons concerning multiple targets of grand jury investigations. In addition, Lipps failed to provide complete information in response to law enforcement’s investigation into his leaking of grand jury information.
The plea is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Buffalo Office, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Gary Loeffert.
Sentencing is scheduled at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 29, before Vilardo.