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Friday, May 1, 2015

TOWN OF NIAGARA — An Amherst man police say helped a Town of Lockport man commit forgery was caught and charged earlier this week.

On Oct. 9, Troopers received a report regarding two checks that had been fraudulently submitted to a local bank and cashed in the Town of Niagara, total amount $450.

Paul Kirchberger
As a result of the investigation, Troopers arrested Paul M. Kirchberger, 34, of the Town of Lockport, on Oct. 17, for two counts each for second-degree forgery, possession of a forged instrument, second degree criminal impersonation and petit larceny. He was arraigned in the Town of Amherst Court and remanded to Erie County Jail in lieu of $1,000 bail. He pled guilty to three of the four charges and to attempted petit larceny and received 40 hours of community service.

Due to information Troopers received they continued to work the case. Further investigation revealed Abhishek Bhaskar, 24 of Amherst, had given the checks to Kirchberger to cash but Troopers had no luck locating Bhaskar for further questioning,

On Sunday, Troopers received a break; they were informed by Amherst Police Department that they had arrested Bhaskar on unrelated charges. Troopers interviewed Bhaskar, who revealed that he found the checks in his apartment basement storage unit and made the checks out to a false business account in Kirchberger’s name and forged the signature in order for Kirchberger to cash them at an ATM.

Bhaskar was charged with two counts of second-degree forgery and was issued an appearance ticket returnable to the Town of Amherst Court on Wednesday.

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