LOCKPORT – A Wheatfield man was approved for court-supervised drug treatment Monday after pleading guilty to the theft of $13,713.51 by stealing his mother’s credit cards and checkbook.
Michael H. Corey, 28, of Gary Drive, pleaded guilty to third-degree grand larceny. Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III told him he faces up to seven years in prison if he fails in the treatment program, but his charge will be reduced to a misdemeanor with no jail if he succeeds.
Assistant District Attorney Kevin D. Canali said Corey rang up $12,958.56 in purchases on his mother’s American Express Blue card between Nov. 30 and Feb. 11. He also made $204.95 in purchases with a stolen HSBC Mastercard on March 22, and forged and cashed $550 in checks on his mom’s KeyBank account. Full restitution to the banks is part of the plea-bargain.
At a previous court appearance, Corey said he has been using opiates since he was 17 or 18.