Four New York men are headed to prison for conspiring to kidnap and hold for ransom a man from Fort Lee in 2022.

  • 44-year-old Fa Deng of Staten Island was sentenced to 144 months (12 years) in prison, three years of supervised release, and a $200,000 fine
  • 32-year-old Chiahao Lee of Queens was sentenced to 180 months (15 years) in prison and three years of supervised release
  • 52-year-old Albert Ferrelli of Queens was sentenced to 250 months (almost 21 years) in prison and five years of supervised release
  • Gabriel Anthony of Queens was sentenced to 168 months (14 years) in prison and three years of supervised release.

All four previously pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit interstate kidnapping.

Federal authorities say on April 5th, 2022, the four drove to the victim's home in Fort Lee. Anthony and Ferrelli entered the victim's home wearing masks and then bound the victim's hands, placed duct tape over his eyes and mouth, and forced him into a vehicle where Deng and Lee were waiting.

Law enforcement received information that kidnappers had sent the victim's wife a picture and demanded around $680,000 in ransom.

After reviewing surveillance footage, law enforcement identified a gray minivan used in the abduction. Other surveillance footage showed the minivan crossing the George Washington Bridge shortly after the kidnapping and subsequently crossing into the Bronx and then into Queens.

The next day, officers with the NYPD responded to Prince Street in Queens where they encountered Ferrelli guarding the door to a building.

When officers approached, they heard a man screaming for help inside a building. Officers entered the building and found the victim with his hands bound and duct tape over his eyes and mouth.

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