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Woman pays restitution, receives probation in forged check scheme

LOCKPORT – A woman who took part in a scheme to cash forged paychecks from a nonexistent business was placed on five years’ probation Monday after she made restitution of $862 to M&T Bank.

Melissa S. Wilson, 37, of Payne Avenue, North Tonawanda, had pleaded guilty before Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III to a felony charge of attempted second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.

She and two others – Hans Starkweather, 40, and Stacey C. Farrell, 34, both of North Tonawanda – took part in the alleged forgery plot at a North Tonawanda convenience store in December 2014. Starkweather was placed on probation with a $489 restitution tab; Farrell is working her way through a court-supervised drug treatment program, risking seven years in prison if she fails, and has paid back $289.