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Credit card fraud case ends in probation

LOCKPORT – A Wheatfield man, who victimized his mother by forging a check and running up bills on two credit cards, was placed on three years’ probation Tuesday by Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III.

Michael H. Corey, 30, had his felony plea to grand larceny reduced to petit larceny, but Murphy rejected a recommendation from Corey’s probation officer that he be granted a conditional discharge. The two years Corey spent successfully completing the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment will count toward his probation sentence.

Corey also owes American Express $12,958 in restitution. That was the amount agreed to when Corey pleaded guilty in 2014, although Assistant District Attorney Kevin D. Canali said the company now claims it lost $13,513. Murphy said the smaller number will be the one enforced.

Previously, Corey paid off a $550 forged check and $204 for another credit card bill. The crimes occurred between November 2013 and February 2014.