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LOCKPORT – A Depew man will go to prison for the third time in 11 years, this time for a $7,000 theft in which he posed as an auto mechanic online.

William J. Brady, 37, of Transit Road, was sentenced Wednesday by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas to two to four years in prison for third-degree grand larceny and third-degree unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Farkas said she wants to see Brady go to the prison system’s secure drug treatment program, but she expressed doubts he will be admitted.

Brady was kicked out of the local judicial diversion program after walking away from a halfway house a few months after his November admission to the program.

Brady advertised as a mechanic on the craigslist website early last year, and a Niagara County man gave Brady a pickup truck for repair. Assistant District Attorney Heather A. DeCastro said Brady kept asking for more money and eventually stopped returning the man’s calls.

Brady’s criminal resume includes a $27,000 online retail scam and a $4,000 pension fund theft in 2009, and printing three forged checks worth $1,454 on his home computer in 2003.