Mohamed Mahmow, 34, Syracuse, New York, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Utica to 63 months imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release, and fined $10,000.00 for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine.
As part of this conspiracy, Mahmow fronted drugs to addicts whom he knew owned real property. Once an addict had incurred a sufficiently substantial drug debt, Mahmow would require the addict to sign over any real property they owned to him or his mother in order to pay off their drug debt.
Specifically, in January of 2010, a crack customer owed Mahmow a drug debt of over $8,000. This debt had been incurred that month when Mahmow supplied his customer with large amounts of personal use crack on credit. To pay off this debt, the customer transferred the title of a single family residence he owned at 346 Lakeview Boulevard, Machias, New York to Mahmow.
Similarly, in May 2010, the same customer owed Mahmow a substantial drug debt for additional crack cocaine Mahmow had given him on credit. To pay off this debt the customer transferred the title of 7953 Walnut Place, Liverpool, New York to Mahmow‘s elderly mother.
This was done to disguise and conceal the true ownership of the property.
As part of the plea agreement in this case Mahmow has forfeited both homes to the federal government. Mahmow, pled guilty in this matter on December 8, 2011.
Richard S. Hartunian, United States Attorney for the Northern District of New York, announced the sentence.
This prosecution resulted from a joint investigation undertaken by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Fulton Police Department and the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Brown.