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Amherst man charged with stealing from his mother-in-law

An Amherst man was arraigned Thursday in Erie County Court on an indictment charging him with multiple counts of fraud for allegedly taking money from his 83-year-old mother-in-law’s bank account, acting District Attorney Michael J. Flaherty Jr. reports.

David Scheifla, 40, is accused of forging numerous checks in September and October. He faces 10 counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and 10 counts of petit larceny. The district attorney’s office did not reveal how much money was involved.

County Court Judge Thomas P. Franczyk ordered Scheifla held without bail. He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years in prison if convicted on all of the charges.