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Ex-Leon Fire Department treasurer pleads guilty to theft of $30,000

The former treasurer of the Leon Fire Department pleaded guilty Monday in Cattaraugus County Court to stealing more than $30,000 from the Fire Department over three years.

Frederick G. Weaver Jr., 75, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny before Judge M. William Boller, who set Weaver's sentencing for April 23.

According to Weaver's attorney, public defender Mark S. Williams, he could face a sentence of 1 1/2 to four years in prison. Weaver has no previous criminal record.

Weaver was indicted by a grand jury on charges of third-degree grand larceny and first-degree falsifying business records. Prosecutors agreed to accept the reduced charge Monday.

Court records indicate that between January 2008 and last February, while serving as treasurer, Weaver falsified business records involving a savings account of the Leon Fire Department, stealing $33,442.

Williams said his client is unable to repay that amount.

When arrested by the Criminal Bureau of the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office, Weaver said he took the money because he was having problems making ends meet.