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More charges lodged against alleged Niagara Falls fraudster

Victor E. Johnson (Courtesy Niagara County Sheriff's Office)

Victor E. Johnson, now in jail awaiting trial next month in connection with an alleged check forging operation in Niagara County, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in State Supreme Court to a new indictment accusing him of two similar crimes last May in Pendleton.

Johnson, 52, of Pine Avenue, Niagara Falls, allegedly made more than $1,000 from each of two forged checks, Assistant District Attorney John N. Philipps said.

Last June, Johnson was indicted as the alleged leader of a ring that stole checks from mailboxes around Niagara County during 2017 and used the personal information to print and cash counterfeit checks. One of his co-defendants, Tasheen N. Dillard, 38, of Niagara Falls, already has pleaded guilty.

Johnson also faces a third indictment accusing him of witness intimidation.

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