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A former employee of a Niagara Falls not-for-profit housing agency has pleaded guilty to the theft of more than $5,400 from the agency between February and May of last year.

Jimmy L. Rojo, 21, of Forest Avenue, Niagara Falls, will be sentenced by County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. on one count of fourth-degree grand larceny.

Assistant District Attorney Timothy P. Murphy said Rojo was a secretary for Center City Neighborhood Development Corp. Besides the grand larceny count, Rojo had originally been indicted on charges of first-degree falsifying business records, second-degree forgery and attempted petit larceny.

Murphy said Rojo was pocketing rent payments by tenants instead of depositing them.

The indictment also accused Rojo of marking in the ledgers that a tenant had paid with a check when in fact he paid his rent in cash. That occurred May 3, court papers said.

Rojo was also accused of trying to steal a $100 bill that a legally blind woman had placed on the counter at the agency's office on May 3.

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