Buffalo firefighter pleads guilty to illegally raising money from financial institutions
Buffalo firefighter pleads guilty to illegally raising money from financial institutions

Buffalo firefighter pleads guilty to illegally raising money from financial institutions

The Erie County District Attorney’s Office said that Robert Johnson, Jr. deceived financial institutions on applications using a youth CPR number.

BUFFALO, NY – Den Erie County District Attorney’s Office said a Buffalo firefighter pleaded guilty Tuesday to eight counts of fraud.

Robert Johnson, Jr., 36, took the plea prior to his jury trial, which was due to begin later this week.

According to the press release, between July 2016 and August 2016, Johnson applied for two auto loans and a credit card through a local credit union on three separate occasions. Johnson deceived the financial institution on his applications by using a youth CPR number, which produced employment and earnings information.

The DA’s office said the applications were approved, allowing Johnson to pay for two vehicles totaling $ 41,000.00. He was also able to get a credit card with a spending limit of $ 20,000.00.

About a year after the purchase, the DA’s office said the cars he bought were taken back for non-payment and the credit card account was closed with a balance of over $ 20,000.00.

Then, in December 2017, Johnson again applied for two car loans from two different credit unions. He used another CPR number that was not his. However, these loan applications were rejected.

According to the press release, on January 12, 2017, Johnson deposited a counterfeit check for $ 12,791.91 into his bank account. When the check was deleted, Johnson withdrew $ 12,700.00 from his checking account, money that did not belong to him.

Pleading guilty, Johnson was ordered to sign the Confessions of Judgment in favor of the bank and the credit union, totaling $ 59,748.00. He also had to sign a declaration of lack of permission in favor of the young person whose social security number was used.

  • Three cases of identity theft in the first degree (class “D” crimes)
  • One case of criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree (class “D” crime)
  • A count of mass theft in the third degree (class “D” crime)
  • Two cases of attempted identity theft in the first degree (class “E” crime)
  • One case of fraud scheme in the first instance (class “E” crime)

Johnson can risk a maximum of 4 years when he is convicted on July 26, 2022.

He is currently released on his own initiative, the DA office informs.

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