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Bergholz man admits stealing, forging checks from his father

Marc J. Smolen pleaded guilty in Niagara County Court Tuesday to stealing and forging $6,281 worth of checks from his father's checkbook last year.

Smolen, 48, of Niagara Road, Bergholz, was assigned to the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment by Judge Matthew J. Murphy III.

If Smolen breaks his opioid addiction within two years, his third-degree grand larceny charge will be reduced to a misdemeanor and he will not go to jail. But if he fails in the program, Murphy could sentence him to as long as seven years in prison.

Smolen also must repay his father in full for the thefts that occurred in April and May 2017, Murphy ordered.

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