BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) – The U.S. Attorney’s Office has announced that a federal grand jury has issued two separate indictments against a Buffalo man.

Joseph Bella, 48, faces 25 counts in two separate indictments.

According to the US Attorney’s Office, a search warrant was executed at the Bella Summer Street home in Buffalo and the following items were reportedly seized: a quantity of cocaine, plastic bags, a digital scale; a hunting rifle and many cartridges; THC gummies, lollipops and other THC edibles; bulk marijuana and marijuana cigarettes; THC vaping cartridges; mushrooms suspected of psilocybin; a small amount of MDMA; various pills; and THC resin.

Officials say Bella also allegedly defrauded a company in Salt Lake City, Utah, which developed and manufactured COVID-19 test kits. Bella allegedly falsely claimed that her company, Medcor Staffing, Inc., was laboratory certified to perform high complexity molecular tests, that Medcor was an “end user” of the tests and that Medcor would not attempt to resell them.

The Salt Lake City company sold 5,000 COVID-19 tests to Bella, according to the U.S. prosecutor’s office. Bella reportedly announced on her Facebook in March 2020 that she was selling “FDA-approved COVID-19 test kits.”

Officials say that in April 2020, Bella would have contacted an undercover federal agent that he had 50,000 COVID-19 tests and that Medcor was an “exclusive licensed reseller”, he would have attempted to sell the tests to the agent. for $ 30 per test or more after purchasing them. for $ 8 per test.

Bella is also accused of fraudulently obtaining a loan from the Small Business Association under the Economic Disaster Lending Program (EIDL).

An indictment that replaces Bella charges Bella with possession with the intent of distributing and distributing cocaine; maintenance of premises involved in drugs; possession of a firearm for the purpose of a drug trafficking crime; be an illegal user of a controlled substance in possession of a firearm; and threatening to harm a person through interstate communications. The charges carry a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum life sentence as well as a fine of $ 1 million.

The second indictment charges Bella with wire and mail fraud, money laundering and misrepresentation on a loan application. These charges carry a possible maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and a fine of $ 1 million.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Bella had been in house arrest since May 2020, following her arraignment on those two indictments, her release was revoked and was ordered into custody pending trial. his trial.

“The common thread running through the allegation in these two indictments is the accused’s willingness to do anything to make money, even if it means endangering the health and safety of others. “said US Attorney James Kennedy.

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