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Falls man arraigned on charges he scammed local businesses

A Niagara Falls man has been arraigned in State Supreme Court in Buffalo on charges he scammed three businesses out of more than $10,000 in inventory,  the Erie County District Attorney's Office announced Wednesday.

Randall K. McGovern, 48, was charged with third-degree grand larceny, second-degree forgery, third-degree attempted grand larceny, first-degree scheme to defraud and one count of petit larceny.

Prosecutors said he placed telephone orders for products from Dunn Tire/Exxpress Tire Delivery, Shanor Electric Supply and McCarthy Tire but billed unwitting third parties, including Joe Basil Chevrolet, Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. and Modern Disposal. McGovern then had the orders delivered to him, according to the district attorney's office.

McGovern pleaded not guilty to the charges and remains free on $25,000 bail.

McGovern, a prior felony offender who is currently on federal probation, is scheduled to return to court Oct. 18.

If convicted on all charges, McGovern could face a life sentence in prison.

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