Man pleads guilty, is sentenced in check forgery scheme

Man pleads guilty, is sentenced in check forgery scheme
Javonte Johnson (Source: WWNY)

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - A 23 year old Georgia man is going to prison in connection with a check forgery scheme that cost the Jefferson County SPCA $12,000.

Javonte Johnson of Decatur pleaded guilty in Jefferson County Court Friday to third-degree grand larceny.

He was sentenced to 1 to 3 years in state prison and was ordered to pay $12,727.31 in restitution.

In 2018, Johnson was originally charged with first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and third-degree grand larceny.

According to police, representatives from Watertown Savings Bank reported a possible theft from one of their clients, the Jefferson County SPCA, on September 20, 2018.

The investigation showed that someone had cashed three forged checks, that were made to look like checks from the SPCA, at branches in Clayton, Alexandria Bay and Watertown.

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