A Georgia man has pleaded not guilty to a check cashing scheme that investigators say relied on homeless Western New Yorkers.
Investigators say 31-year-old Robert Haggins recruited nine Buffalo-area homeless and/or drug-addicted men and women and used their names on counterfeit checks.
Haggins then cashed those checks around Erie County, according to authorities.
Investigators say Haggins would give his recruits a small portion of the money he made, but kept more than $52,000 for himself.
He's charged in a 29-count indictment with possession of a forged instrument, grand larceny and scheming to defraud.
Haggins is being held without bail.