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GA man accused of local check cashing scheme

Posted at 6:56 AM, Nov 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-28 06:56:12-05

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.