BUFFALO, N.Y. — A Buffalo man pleaded guilty Monday to defrauding his bank and auto insurance company.
Christian D. Johnson, 25, pleaded guilty to 10 counts against him.
- 1 Third Degree Insurance Fraud (Class “D” Felony)
- 1 First Degree Identity Theft (Class “D” Felony)
- 3 counts of grand larceny in the third degree (Class “D” felony)
- Four counts of second-degree counterfeit musical instrument possession (class “D” felony)
- 1 count of first-degree fraud (Class “E” felony)
According to the Erie County District Attorney’s Office, Johnson fraudulently obtained more than $52,000 in cash from various banks by depositing counterfeit checks into bank accounts he created for fake businesses. He then withdrew the funds before the check was returned.
According to them, Johnson fraudulently obtained an additional $20,000 from his insurance company after being involved in a car accident in 2020.
As part of his guilty plea, Johnson agreed to pay the bank and insurance company the full amount of $72,340.
Johnson could face up to 20 years in prison if sentenced in June.