Man pleads guilty to stealing ATM card

JOHNSTOWN -A city man pleaded guilty Wednesday in Fulton County Court in a case involving a stolen ATM debit card and hundreds of dollars in fraudulent transactions.

Sean Alvarez, 21, of 207 N. Perry St., pleaded guilty before Judge Richard C. Giardino to one count of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property as part of a plea arrangement.

Sentencing was adjourned until a later date, but Alvarez is expected to receive three years’ participation in county Drug Court.

He was arrested Jan. 30 by Gloversville police, along with co-defendant Jordan Lehr, 18, of 345 S. Kingsboro Ave. Extension. Alvarez was initially charged with second-degree forgery, fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and petit larceny.

Police said Alvarez and Lehr worked together to steal an ATM debit card and made fraudulent transactions. It is believed Lehr’s case is pending.

Authorities said on Jan. 21, police responded to the complaint of a stolen ATM debit card where the victim produced bank statements that documented a total of about $600 in fraudulent transactions at Walmart. Police said Lehr stole the card from his father and provided it to Alvarez, who completed fraudulent transactions with it. Once in possession of the card, police said Alvarez forged the card owner’s signature during a purchase at Walmart.