- Associated Press - Sunday, November 27, 2016

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A Georgia man is in a New York jail, accused of orchestrating a check-cashing scheme that relied on homeless and drug-addicted accomplices.

Robert Haggins of Atlanta pleaded not guilty in Buffalo on Friday. He’s charged in a 29-count indictment with possession of a forged instrument, grand larceny and scheming to defraud.

Investigators say the 31-year-old allegedly recruited nine indigent Buffalo-area men and women to use their names on counterfeit checks that were cashed across Erie County. Authorities say Haggins gave the recruits a small portion of the money and kept the rest, netting more than $52,000 over several months.

Nine people pleaded guilty in May to possessing a forged instrument.

Haggins is being held without bail. There was no information on an attorney who could comment on his behalf.

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