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EX-NEWS DRIVER PLEADS INNOCENT TO TAX FRAUD

A former Buffalo News driver already charged with stealing money from the newspaper, pleaded innocent Tuesday to new state tax fraud charges in the case.

Thomas A. Moriarity, 55, was indicted in August for allegedly stealing about $34,000 from coin-operated newspaper honor boxes over a 16-month period. He was indicted Tuesday on felony and misdemeanor state tax-fraud charges for allegedly misreporting his 1995 and 1996 income to the state Tax Department.

Moriarity was allowed to remain free on his own recognizance by State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia after prosecutor John C. Doscher told the judge the district attorney's office wasn't demanding money bail in the case.

Moriarity faces a possible seven-year prison term and substantial fines if convicted as charged on the grand larceny and tax-fraud counts.

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