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Woman convicted of stealing from disabled daughter

A Grand Island woman pleaded guilty to embezzling $18,521 from a special needs trust established for her developmentally disabled daughter, who currently resides in a group home, according to District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III.

Sheri Cooney, 51, pleaded guilty before Erie County Judge Thomas P. Franczyk to a charge of third-degree grand larceny, the highest charge for which she could have been convicted had she gone to trial, Sedita said. She faces a maximum prison term of 2-1/3 to 7 years when she is sentenced Dec. 10 by Franczyk.

Sedita also announced Daniel Loster, 36, was convicted of defrauding two would-be tenants of $1,950 by pretending to be the landlord of a rental property. He also falsely claimed to be a landlord to the Erie County Department of Social Services, Sedita said. Loster faces a maximum prison term of seven years when he sentenced Oct. 21 by State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang.