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Monroe County man admits ripping off Lockport credit union

LOCKPORT – A Monroe County man pleaded guilty Friday to stealing $22,842 from Cornerstone Community Federal Credit Union in Lockport in what Assistant District Attorney John N. Philipps Jr. called a “check-kiting scheme.”

Patrick J. Tomai, 34, of Pittsford, admitted to fourth-degree grand larceny. State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. accepted Philipps’ recommendation of a probation sentence with a minimum restitution payment of $419 a month; Kloch will make it official June 19.

Philipps said that last June and July, Tomai was writing checks on an M&T Bank account with insufficient funds to make payments on a credit card account at Cornerstone. When the payments were credited but before Cornerstone noticed they were no good, Tomai would take a cash advance from the Cornerstone account, Philipps said.