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Scammer dodges jail in utility service theft case

LOCKPORT – A former Williamsville businessman, now living in Pennsylvania, was placed on five years’ probation Thursday for attempted aggravated identity theft.

Keith J. Furman, 48, of Moxham, Pa., used the personal information of his stepson, a Navy member deployed overseas, to obtain service for himself from National Grid and National Fuel in 2011 and 2012. Defense attorney Richard Shaw said Furman has paid full restitution to the utilities: $3,432 to National Gridd and $189 to National Fuel.

Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon said Furman also was placed on five years’ probation in a similar case in Erie County. He served 18 months in federal prison, ending in January 2014, for a wire fraud conviction that involved $209,758 in restitution.