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Buffalo man arrested for cashing counterfeit and altered checks

STAFF REPORTS


BUFFALO -- U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that a federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging Nilo Arnaldo Pena Delgado, 32, of Buffalo, NY, with four counts of bank fraud. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles M. Kruly, who is handling the case, stated that according to the indictment, on March 19, 2019, the defendant cashed four counterfeit or altered checks at financial institutions in the Western New York area, including:

• a check in the amount of $21,500.05, payable to the defendant, drawn on an ESL Federal Credit Union checking account owned by Victim 1;
• a check in the amount of $2,853.20, payable to the defendant, drawn on a Lake Shore Savings Bank checking account owned by Victim 2;
• a check in the amount of $3,613.83, payable to the defendant, drawn on a Lake Shore Savings Bank checking account owned by Victim 3; and
• a check in the amount of $2,713.81, payable to the defendant, drawn on a KeyBank checking account owned by Victim 4.

Delgado victimized four businesses for a total of $30,680.89.

The defendant was arraigned this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder and is being detained.

The indictment is the result of an investigation by the United States Postal Inspection Service, Boston Division, under the direction of Inspector-in-Charge Joseph W. Cronin, with assistance from the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office and the Town of Tonawanda Police Department.

The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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