A Buffalo man who already had a 2011 conviction for governmental theft admitted in federal court that in 2015 and 2016 he forged more than 50 stolen checks totaling $35,577, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Christopher Carriero, 38, pleaded guilty to bank fraud and identity theft charges in front of U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara, according to officials.
He could face a maximum prison sentence of 30 years, as well as a $1 million fine. Assistant U.S. Attorney Marie P. Grisanti prosecuted the case.
Carriero was accused of a scheme to defraud Citizen's Bank and the U.S. Postal Service between Sept. 27, 2015, and March 16, 2016, according to officials. He forged more than 50 stolen checks at various Citizen’s Bank and Post Office locations, resulting in losses of $35,577, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Carriero also pleaded guilty to two violations of supervised release. He was on supervised release following a 2011 conviction in the Eastern District of Kentucky for theft of government property, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
The pleas are the result of an investigation by U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 6.