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AWOL Reservist Accused of Passing Bad Checks

TOWN OF TONAWANDA, NY - A Sanborn man is accused of passing bad checks while posing as a serviceman deploying overseas.

Detectives say Steven D. Burns, 21, cashed $300 in personal checks on his closed checking account at Evans Bank in the Town of Tonawanda.

They say that each time Burns came in dressed in his military uniform and told the teller that he was deploying oversees and needed the cash immediately. 

Officials say Burns is currently listed as AWOL from his reserve unit.

They believe Burns committed this offense on at least 30 separate occasions throughout Erie and Niagara counties.

Burns is charged with petit larceny and issuing a bad check. 

He was arraigned and is currently in the Erie County Holding Center on $5,000 bail.

The U.S. Secret Service is also investigating.


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