LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls mother of four was told Monday in Niagara County Court that she has until March 16 to complete restitution in a credit card theft or go to jail.
Dora T. Chatmon, 28, angered Judge Sara Sheldon by making little effort since her conviction in 2011 to repay $6,450 stolen from a terminally ill Lewiston woman for whom she was working as a home care aide.
Chatmon and an accomplice, Leonard James of the Falls, made almost $13,000 in purchases with two credit cards stolen from the woman’s home in September and October 2010, according to court records.
Chatmon, who is risking a prison term of as long as four years for fourth-degree grand larceny, repaid $150 in 2012 and $10 in 2013, Sheldon said. Defense counsel Joseph A. Scalzo noted that Chatmon made a $3,900 payment last August. “Panic set in,” he explained.
He said Chatmon intends to use income tax refunds expected for her, her mother and her boyfriend to complete the restitution. Asked by Sheldon why she should believe that, Scalzo answered, “Panic’s setting in again.”