Attorney from Oak Island convicted for money-laundering, fraud

UTICA, NY (WECT) - A federal jury in New York convicted Benjamin Viloski, an attorney from Oak Island, on numerous fraud and money laundering charges Friday.

Viloski worked as an attorney and a broker/consultant for Dick's Sporting Goods, where prosecutors say he helped orchestrate a $2 million kickback and money-laundering scheme involving the development of new Dick's stores across the country.  The US Attorney's Office of the Northern District of New York says Viloski and others used front entities to accept consulting and broker commission payments on projects to develop stores and then secretly passed all or a large amount of that payment to a Dick's officer and employee involved in the process.

Viloski was involved in kickbacks related to 22 different stores, according to the news release, using groups called "Retail Development Network, Inc." and "Shopping Center Real Estate, Inc."

In all, the jury convicted Viloski of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, conspiracy to commit concealment money-laundering and engaging in transactions in criminally derived property, making false statements to federal officials, and two counts of mail fraud, three counts of aiding and abetting concealment money laundering and one count of aiding and abetting transactions in criminally derived property.

Viloski will be sentenced on December 16th.  He faces five years for mail and wire fraud conspiracy, twenty years for the money-laundering conspiracy, five years for the false statements, twenty years for each mail fraud charge, twenty years for each concealment money-laundering charge and ten years for transactions in the criminally derived property charge.

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