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Niagara Falls man charged in credit card caper

LOCKPORT – A man who was accused of going on a shopping spree with someone else’s credit card two days before Christmas was arraigned Tuesday in State Supreme Court.

John D. Hoopsick II, 45, of 85th Street, Niagara Falls, pleaded not guilty to an indictment accusing him of third-degree grand larceny, first-degree identity theft and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

Assistant District Attorney John N. Philipps Jr. said Hoopsick allegedly used a credit card belonging to a woman after she had used it at a Niagara Falls restaurant Dec. 23, and the card was either lost or stolen. Within an hour, Philipps said, Hoopsick was running up charges totaling $3,391 on the Military Road commercial strip in the Town of Niagara, buying gift cards at stores such as Walmart, Target, Rite Aid and Walgreens.

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