A thief who used the identity of a person living in Austin, Texas, to steal more than $39,000 in cash and merchandise could spend up to six years in prison for his crime.
Jerry Nicolas, 27, of Tioga Street was handed an indeterminate sentence of two to six years by State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to first-degree identity theft and scheme to defraud and second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and attempted criminal possession of a forged instrument. He also was ordered to pay restitution.
Assistant District Attorney Candace K. Vogel prosecuted the case, in which it was charged that Nicolas used the victim’s identity to bilk 31 different banks and merchants between October and December.
Acting District Attorney Michael J. Flaherty Jr. also credited Amherst Police Detective John Trabert for his work on the case.