LOCKPORT – A former North Tonawanda man who allegedly printed phony Monro Muffler paychecks and cashed them, netting over $1,000, pleaded not guilty Thursday in Niagara County Court.
Michael B. Dura, 33, now of Seneca Street, Buffalo, is charged with four counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and one count of fourth-degree grand larceny.
Dura skipped a scheduled Feb. 6 arraignment date and wasn’t caught by police for five months, Deputy District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said in persuading County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III to set $25,000 bail.
On the original arraignment date, Assistant District Attorney Laura T. Bittner said that Dura made up a Monro Muffler uniform shirt for himself, even though he didn’t work there. The checks were cashed between May 4 and 8, 2013, at a North Tonawanda convenience store, Hoffmann said.