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Prison term imposed on West Seneca swindler

Two judges this week sentenced a West Seneca woman to 4 1/2 years in prison for swindling her ex-fiance's mother, an auto dealership and AAA members while on probation for check fraud.

Lisa Wisniewski, 34, of Brookside Drive, was taken into custody after sentencings by State Supreme Court Justices Richard C. Kloch Sr. and Joseph S. Forma for separate crimes.

Kloch ordered her to spend 18 months to 4 1/2 years in prison on her June 27 guilty plea to charges of grand larceny and scheme to defraud.

Forma imposed a similar sentence, to run concurrently, for violating the probation he imposed 13 months ago on her guilty plea to scheme to defraud for swindling four local banks out of $41,000.

John C. Doscher, chief of the White-Collar Crime Bureau of the Erie County district attorney's office, said Wisniewski had been spared prison on her felony plea to swindling local banks in a check-kiting scheme several years ago. However, authorities learned that two years ago she got two out-of-state investment firms to send her checks totaling $20,000 by posing as the mother of a local man she was going to marry, the prosecutor said.

In June 2004, she used a wire-transfer scheme to get a $31,000 car from Auto Place Infinity by depositing a $29,000 check she had made out on an empty bank account, Doscher said. And from last February to April 6, while working in the Amherst office of AAA, she stole credit card numbers of nine clients and ran up $20,000 in purchases before she was fired, the prosecutor said.

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Deputies search for man in burglary, threat

Erie County sheriff's deputies were searching Tuesday for a man who broke into an Elma apartment and threatened a man there with a knife, according to reports.

Police were called to 7161 Clinton St. shortly before 5 p.m. on the report that a man in his 30s had broken into the apartment. When the intruder was confronted by a neighbor, he pulled out a knife and threatened to kill him, police reported.

The man, described as about 5-feet-10 and 170 pounds, with dirty-blond brush-cut hair and blue eyes, was last seen wearing a yellow shirt with a black print.

He took a pillowcase full of items from the apartment and fled in a two-door light blue Sunfire, reports stated.

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