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.