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Lockport firm admits stealing $375,000 on satellite TV service to state prisons

CMW Management Service, a company based in the Town of Lockport, pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of second-degree grand larceny in connection with its former business of providing satellite TV service to state prisons.

The company, headed by Richard C. Wertman, 56, of Crosby Road, failed to pay DirecTV $375,000 for its programming from January 2012 to January 2017.

The company also agreed to forfeit $25,000 in assets, to be split between the Niagara County District Attorney's Office and the state Inspector General's Office.

State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. said full restitution to DirecTV and the forfeiture were an adequate penalty and imposed no fine.

Niagara County Assistant District Attorneys Mary Jean Bowman and John N. Philipps said the company now is barred from doing business with the state.

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