Reservist Avoids Jail on Fraud Charge

7:10 PM, May 29, 2013   |    comments
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BUFFALO, N.Y. - An Army Reservist who lied and used his uniform to prey on the sympathies of local bank tellers, will not see any jail time for his crime.

Steven Burns, 22, of Sanborn, was placed on probation for his guilty plea in March to scheming to defraud. He admitted that during a five month period he cashed checks on his personal accounts despite the fact that all were overdrawn.

The Erie County District Attorney's office said Burns wore his US Army Reserves Uniform to banks, lied to the tellers, telling them he was taking care of a sick relative and needed to cash the checks in order to be deployed. Burns used that money, over $4,000, for gambling.

In addition to probation, Burns must serve 150 hours of community service and pay back all of the money.



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