West #Warwick man sentenced to 3 years on #drug, #bank-fraud charges

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Christian M. Domenech, 24, of West Warwick, was sentenced Friday to 36 months in federal prison for his part in a conspiracy to traffic heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine, and for bank fraud, according to acting U.S. Attorney Stephen G. Dambruch.

Domenech pleaded guilty on July 14, to one count of conspiracy to distribute heroin, three counts of distribution of heroin, 14 counts of distribution of crack cocaine, one count of possession with the intent to distribute heroin, one count of possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, one count of possession with the intent to distribute crack cocaine and one count of bank fraud.

U.S. District Court Chief Judge William E. Smith also sentenced Domenech to three years of probation upon his release. Prosecutors and defense lawyers agreed to seek a sentence of 36 months. Sentencing guidelines call for 41 to 51 months in such cases.

Domenech, and a co-defendant, Robert Wilkins, 26, of West Warwick, were arrested on July 12, 2016, after a three-month investigation. Wilkins pleaded guilty on July 28 to similar charges and is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 20.

Wilkins was under investigation for drug dealing while on probation for a previous conviction for drug dealing, and Domenech was present for nearly all of the drug purchases involving Wilkins during the investigation.

The Rhode Island State Police Financial Crimes Unit also found that, starting in December 2015, both men deposited bogus checks for $10,000 each into bank accounts and withdrew about $2,000.

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