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Veteran scam artist to try drug treatment

LOCKPORT – A Depew man, whose criminal resume includes several different scams, pleaded guilty Friday in Niagara County Court to stealing $7,000 from a Niagara County man.

William J. Brady, 37, of Transit Road, was assigned by County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas to the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment after his pleas to third-degree grand larceny and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. He risks seven years in prison if he washes out of treatment.

Assistant District Attorney Heather A. DeCastro said Brady advertised as a mechanic on the craigslist website and ended up Jan. 21 with a man’s pickup truck. Brady said he would repair the truck, but he didn’t. Full restitution will be part of the conditions of the treatment program for Brady.

In 2009, Brady was sent to prison for stealing more than $27,000 from nine people, offering merchandise for sale online but using the money they sent him to buy drugs. He also stole $4,000 from a man in a pension fund scam. Brady said he was released from jail Tuesday after serving time for violating parole in those cases.

In 2003, Brady served a short sentence for using his home computer to print three phony checks for a total of $1,454, which he cashed at a North Tonawanda store.

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