LIVINGSTON COUNTY – A young man who defrauded the 7-11 in Geneseo for $400 with two accomplices pled guilty Tuesday morning to Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree, a D felony, and the lesser included offense of Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, an E felony.
The 18-year-old, who is anticipated to receive youthful offender status, was sentenced to five years of probation and his public criminal record will not reflect any felonies as a result of this conviction.
“It’s only fair that you know, I had to be convinced to go along with this,” said Livingston County Judge Robert Wiggins. “I think you are getting a heck of a deal. The fact that you did this, and used a friend to do it, indicates to me that I wouldn’t want to be your friend. That said, that is why there is youthful offender status, because sometimes young people make stupid moves. I hope that your attorney is correct that it was stupid, and not devious, because if it was devious, you will be in this position again, either here or elsewhere. I understand you already received an ACD on another unrelated matter.”
The teen gave a full colloquy to possessing a ‘forged instrument,’ namely 20 fake $20 bills that were wrapped in a real $100 bill to purchase a $500 debit card from the 7-11, and sent a third party to actually make the purchase with the fake $20’s.
Photos taken by security cameras and given to the media by the Geneseo Police Department depicted this third party in the store making the buy, and Geneseo Police reported that he saw his photo on the GeneseeSun.com and turned in his two friends, including the teen who pled Tuedsay.
The teen was a freshman at SUNY Geneseo and living on campus at the time of the crime, and has since enrolled in another institution.
“I believe that you understand the terms of your probation,” added Judge Wiggins. “My bigger fear is that you do not respect those terms.”
PHOTO CAPTION: File photo.
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