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Jury convicts Niagara Falls man of $10,000 scam

A Niagara Falls man was found guilty of billing $10,000 worth of tires and electrical equipment to a car dealer, a realtor and a solid waste disposal company.

Randall K. McGovern, 49, scammed Dunn Tire/Exxpress Tire Delivery, Shanor Electric Supply and McCarthy Tire out of $10,000 of inventory during the summer of 2017, Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn said. McGovern placed telephone orders for the inventory, which was billed to unwitting third parties: Joe Basil Chevrolet, Ciminelli Real Estate and Modern Disposal. The inventory was delivered to McGovern, the district attorney said.

A jury convicted Randall McGovern of third-degree grand larceny, second-degree forgery, third-degree attempted grand larceny, first-degree scheming to defraud and petit larceny, Flynn said.

McGovern, a prior felony offender currently on federal probation, faces a maximum possible sentence of life in prison, Flynn said. He was remanded without bail until sentencing May 22 by Erie County Court Judge Suzanne Maxwell Barnes.

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