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NY man pleads guilty to defrauding Kalispell bank

By The Associated Press
Published On: Sep 26 2013 02:55:54 PM MDT
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MISSOULA, Mont. -

A New York state man has pleaded guilty to defrauding and attempting to defraud a western Montana bank.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says 62-year-old Guy Joseph Manzo of North Babylon, N.Y., pleaded guilty Tuesday to wire fraud during a hearing before U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy in Missoula. Sentencing is set for Jan. 8.

Charging documents say Manzo opened three accounts at Glacier Bank in Kalispell using the bank's online services in early 2011 and tried to fund one with three bad checks.

Prosecutors say he wrote $175,000 in bad checks in an attempt to pay credit card bills, illegally transferred more than $16,000 from another customer's account and tried to make another $45,000 in illegal transfers.

Manzo told investigators the transfers were to help his girlfriend, who was battling cancer.