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Probation for first of five to plead in forged check scheme

LOCKPORT – Shana L. Wallace, 21, of Hawley Street, Lockport, was placed on three years’ probation Wednesday by State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. for her part in a forged check and credit card scheme.

Wallace had admitted to two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument for her role in the scam led by Tasheen N. Dillard, 33, of Cedar Avenue, Niagara Falls. The operation, reportedly begun with personal information obtained by stealing a check from a Town of Niagara man’s mailbox, netted the perpetrators between $40,000 and $50,000 last year.

Dillard printed phony checks and made bogus credit cards, prosecutors alleged. She and three others – Demetrius M. Davis, 33, of Niagara Falls; Akeyta M. Fambo, 29, of Buffalo; and Krystal M. Pesoncko, 22, of Johnson City – pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.