© 2022 Western New York Public Broadcasting Association

140 Lower Terrace
Buffalo, NY 14202

Mailing Address:
Horizons Plaza P.O. Box 1263
Buffalo, NY 14240-1263

Buffalo Toronto Public Media | Phone 716-845-7000
WBFO Newsroom | Phone: 716-845-7040
Your NPR Station
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Towing company owner sentenced for bribing Buffalo Police


The owner of a prominent Buffalo towing company will spend one year in jail for his role in a pay-to-play scheme. James Mazzariello, owner of James Mazz Auto, admitted he conspired to pay bribes to Buffalo Police officers. In return, Mazzariello received a competitive advantage in responding to accident scenes.

His son, Adam Mazzariello, was also charged in the case and agreed to a plea agreement that will see him serve a six-month prison term.

Defense lawyers have questioned why no Buffalo Police officers were ever charged for accepting the bribes.

Related Content