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Depew thief gets one more chance in drug treatment

LOCKPORT – A Niagara County Jail inmate who stole money from other inmates’ accounts pleaded guilty to a felony Thursday.

Tammy A. Elliott, 42, of Transit Road, Depew, admitted to second-degree identity theft. County Judge Sara Sheldon added that charge to Elliott’s existing assignment to the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment for a 2013 plea to fourth-degree grand larceny – a charge laid after she stole $16,125 from a Pendleton man by opening credit card, cellphone and other accounts in his name.

She was in jail in December 2013 and January 2014 when she withdrew more than $1,000 in three instances of using other inmates’ personal information, apparently obtained from bail receipts.

Assistant District Attorney John P. Granchelli said, “I’m very skeptical she’s going to succeed in the program, but now would be a good time to begin keeping her promises.” Sheldon said she was releasing Elliott from jail “with trepidation.”

If Elliott successfully completes treatment, the charges would be reduced to misdemeanors, but if she washes out of diversion, she risks as long as eight years in state prison