Buffis serving extortion sentence at federal prison in West Virginia


Former Lee Police Chief Joseph Buffis has been sent to a federal prison more than 600 miles away.

Buffis, 57, will serve his 27 month sentence at the medium-security Gilmer Federal Correctional Institution in Glenville, W. Va., according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

He was sentenced in May on his June 2015 conviction on one count of extortion.

Buffis was ordered to surrender to U.S. Marshals on June 14 after losing a bid for a delay amid medical and security concerns.

Gilmer is an all-male prison that houses about 1,542 inmates, about 83 of which are housed at its minimum security satellite camp. His scheduled release date is May 29, 2018.

He was found guilty of extorting a Lee couple into making a bogus $4,000 donation to a charity toy fund he oversaw in exchange for dropping pending criminal charges against them.

The investigation into that $4,000 donation led to a larger investigation into Buffis' handling of the finances of that fund.

Buffis was acquitted on 10 other counts related to his handling of the toy fund's finances.

Information on contacting inmates being held at Gilmer can be found at its website: www.bop.gov/locations/institutions/gil.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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