A Lockport man pleaded not guilty in Niagara County Court on Friday to charges that he stole $235,000 from an elderly woman between 1999 and 2005.
Deni Aloisio Jr., 45, of West Avenue, entered the pleas to six counts of second-degree forgery and single counts of second- and third-degree grand larceny when he appeared before Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza.
Assistant District Attorney Brian Seaman said Aloisio allegedly stole $200,000 of the $235,000 in cash. The rest was allegedly taken through forging checks, he said.
The alleged victim is a family friend, now 77, who had given Aloisio her power of attorney.
Defense attorney P. Andrew Vona said the Lockport woman isn't incompetent or incapacitated, just "someone who wasn't comfortable with financial matters."
Seaman told Sperrazza that a plea offer had already been made to Aloisio. "My understanding is, Mr. Aloisio is in the process of selling some property to come up with restitution money," the prosecutor said.
Vona said Aloisio is the owner of a now-inactive auto repair shop, and some assets from the business may be available to him for use in making restitution.
"I think the district attorney's office would agree that Mr. Aloisio has been nothing but cooperative," Vona said, as Sperrazza granted his request that Aloisio be released on his own recognizance.
In other court action Friday, Sperrazza allowed Vincent E. Brege Jr. to withdraw his guilty plea to a felony charge of driving while intoxicated, and a nonjury trial was scheduled for next month.
Brege, 31, of Church Street, Barker, had pleaded guilty in September, but a discrepancy surfaced Friday in the Probation Department's presentencing report regarding the circumstances of Brege's arrest on Dec. 6, 2005, on Dysinger Road in the Town of Lockport.
Robert B. Johnson, 39, who lists addresses in North Tonawanda and Lackawanna, was sentenced by Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. to 1 1/3 to four years in prison for felony DWI. Johnson was arrested Feb. 28 in Wheatfield and April 10 in North Tonawanda.
Danielle Y. Davis, 33, of Main Street, Buffalo, pleaded guilty to felony DWI before Broderick, who agreed to give her no more than six months in jail when she is sentenced April 20. Davis was arrested June 7 in the Town of Niagara.
Broderick imposed a six-month jail term, followed by 4 1/2 years' probation, on Ross Fitzgibbon, 26, of Cambria-Wilson Road, Cambria, who had pleaded guilty to fourth-degree conspiracy.
He was one of 15 people who pleaded guilty in connection with a Niagara Falls-based cocaine ring headed by Clayton "Iceberg" Green. . Fitzgibbon had been charged with reselling cocaine he bought from Green early last year.