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Check forger pleads guilty to theft of more than $23,000

A 51-year-old Buffalo man pleaded guilty in State Supreme Court Monday to stealing more than $23,000 from financial institutions through forgery and deceit.

Wilfred Stevens Jr. was convicted of one count of grand larceny in the fourth degree and two counts of grand larceny in the third degree.

Stevens forged checks, falsified business records and substituted forged checks for cash in dealings with M&T Bank, International Tradesman and Basil Transcorp, according to the District Attorney's Office. He stole $23,528 over nine months.

As a second felony offender, Stevens faces a possible maximum sentence of 18 years in prison when he returns before Justice John L. Michalski on June 4.

The case was prosecuted by Candace K. Vogel, chief of the DA’s Special Investigations and Prosecutions Bureau.

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