January 17, 2013

Accused forger admits crime


---- — CHATEAUGAY — A chronic check forger who preyed on the elderly in her care was sentenced to probation in Franklin County Court this week.

Erin M. Secore-Muller, 29, of Brainardsville, pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, stemming from an incident Oct. 8, 2010.

She admitted cashing four checks totaling $800 from an account held by an 84-year-old Canadian man while she worked as his housekeeper that summer.

She was not arrested for that crime until April 2012, shortly after her release from Lakeview Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility in Chautauqua.

Secore-Muller, then just Secore, had been sentenced in July 2011 to two consecutive terms of two-and-a-third-to-seven years in state prison on two counts of second-degree forgery.

She admitting taking $2,500 in checks and cashing them from a 99-year-old Chateaugay woman that she was caring for as a home-health aide.

She served seven months on that conviction.

Secore-Muller was jailed for a probation violation in 2005 and for falsely reporting an incident in 2006.

A year later, she was convicted on aggravated harassment, and she served nine months in County Jail for identity theft in 2009.

During her court appearance this week before County Court Judge Robert G. Main Jr., she was sentenced to five years probation and ordered to pay $800 in restitution.

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