Cattaraugus County Man Sentenced for Making False Statement in Connection with Attempted Amtrak Derailment

August 11, 2011 Updated Aug 11, 2011 at 5:08 PM EDT

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Cattaraugus County Man Sentenced for Making False Statement in Connection with Attempted Amtrak Derailment

August 11, 2011 Updated Aug 11, 2011 at 5:08 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced Thursday that James Phillips, 48, of Irving, New York, was sentenced to two years probation for making a false statement to the FBI.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert C. Moscati, who handled the case, stated that Phillips lied to FBI agents conducting an investigation into the attempted derailment of an Amtrak passenger train near Irving, New York on July 5, 2010.

Phillips was questioned concerning the whereabouts of possible suspects on July 4 and 5, 2010; specifically, whether he and others had attended a party on July 4 and 5 in Silver Creek, New York, near the scene of the attempted derailment. The defendant denied being present at the party; however, subsequent investigation determined he and others were in fact at the party.

His false statement caused additional investigation which would not have otherwise been necessary.