Georgia man netted more than $52,000 cashing forged checks across Erie County

Posted at 4:51 PM, Dec 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-20 16:51:02-05

A man from Georgia has pleaded guilty to four counts of grand larceny for his check cashing scheme in the Buffalo area.

Robert Haggins, 31, recruited nine local men and women, many of them homeless or drug addicts, and used their names on counterfeit checks.

Haggins had his recruits cash the checks at banks all across Erie County, netting more than $52,000. Each check amount ranged from $2000 to $5000 and a small amount was given to the those he recruited after the transactions.

From November 2015 to May 2016, Haggins had about 36 checks cashed.

Haggins faces up to 28 years in prison when he is sentenced in February.

The nine people Haggins recruited pleaded guilty in May to several accounts of criminal possession of a forged instrument and have been sentenced.