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Gloversville woman gets prison time

Police: Female cashed fake checks

December 20, 2012
By MICHAEL ANICH , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN - A Gloversville woman who police said was part of a fraudulent check-cashing scheme was sentenced Tuesday in Fulton County Court to 2 1/3 to seven years in state prison.

Amy Johnson, 22, of 39 West St., was sentenced by Judge Polly A. Hoye as part of a plea arrangement that satisfies all charges against her.

Sentencing was based on her guilty plea Oct. 23 to counts of third-degree burglary and criminal possession of a forged instrument.

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Police said Johnson was charged by Gloversville police Oct. 8 with other co-defendants for their involvement in a scam that included creating fraudulent payroll checks and cashing them at local establishments. Police said they identified 15 checks used in the scam in Gloversville alone, resulting in the theft of more than $8,000 from establishments.

Johnson was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and petit larceny. Police said those charges stemmed from cashing a fraudulent payroll check at Price Chopper.

Those charges were in addition to her charges from Aug. 8, when she was charged with second-degree forgery, a felony, and petit larceny and accused of cashing a fraudulent check at the One Stop Deli on West Fulton Street.

During the August arrest, she also was charged with first-degree escape, a felony, and resisting arrest, a misdemeanor.

Police said she attempted to escape custody while being transported from the Gloversville Police Department to the Fulton County Jail.

Other co-defendants whose cases are pending include: Steven VanAllen, 34, of 33 Fifth Ave., Gloversville; Gloria A. Dillenbeck, 42, of 2813 Route 10, Caroga Lake; and Bruce Jessop, 22, of 8 William St., Gloversville.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at



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