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The stepfather of an Orchard Park teenager with cancer was convicted Wednesday in the theft of $6,363 from a benefit fund that was set up last year to help pay for her medical treatment.

Prosecutors said he spent the money at area casinos.

Daniel Dreyer, 53, of Orchard Hill Drive, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted fourth-degree grand larceny, a misdemeanor, in the theft, which occurred between Jan. 1 and July 31. He was originally charged with third-degree grand larceny, a felony.

Dreyer used a debit card linked to the benefit fund to take the money, according to Erie County Assistant District Attorneys Brian P. Dassero and Gary M. Ertel.

He was one of two signers on the fund, which was set up when his stepdaughter was 17.

The prosecutors said Dreyer has made restitution and has no prior criminal record. They said his stepdaughter agreed to the plea to resolve the case.

He faces up to one year in jail when sentenced April 11 by Erie County Judge Kenneth F. Case, according to District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III. He was released on his own reognizance.

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