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Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports the arrest of a Cattaraugus County resident on felony charges following an investigation by the Sheriff’s Office.
On August 18th, 2021 the Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence on Rock Spring Hill Road, in the Town of West Sparta, for the reported larceny through fraudulent means.
It is alleged through the investigation that Samantha M. Cossairt, age 29 of Olean, NY, on three separate occasions utilized another individuals identity to make cash withdrawals from the victims bank account by signing banking withdrawal slips with the victim’s name.
On December 21st, 2021 Deputy Cheyenne Masiello arrested and charged Cossairt with 3 counts of felony Forgery in the Second Degree, 3 counts of felony Identity Theft in the Second Degree and 3 counts of Petit Larceny.
Cossairt was turned over to Central Booking Deputies at the Livingston County Jail for processing and released on an appearance ticket to return to the West Sparta Town Court at a later date, as the offenses did not qualify for arraignment under the NYS Justice Reform Act.
The investigation was handled by members of the Patrol Division and the Criminal Investigations Division.