BRISTOL - A Bridgeport man has been sentenced to six months in prison for cashing two forged checks in Bristol and later not showing up to court to answer to the charges.
Richard Troiani, 55, accepted a plea deal Tuesday in Bristol Superior Court. There, he pleaded guilty to one count each of fourth-degree larceny and second-degree failure to appear - both of which were reduced charges.
In exchange for the pleas, two counts of second-degree forgery were not pursued.
According to the arrest warrant, Troiani forged two checks and cashed them on March 12, 2016, at two different People’s Bank branches on Pine Street and Farmington Avenue, receiving $4,985.
The checks were purported to have been issued by an auto body company in Massachusetts. The company initially took a loss but was reimbursed by the bank after proving that it had the original copies of the check numbers that had been cashed.
People’s Bank filed the complaint with police, as it had taken the loss on the fraudulent transactions.
According to police, both checks were made out to Troiani, and his identity was verified by surveillance footage inside the banks.
After his initial arrest in September 2016, court officials said, Troiani, who had been free on a promise to appear, failed to show up for a hearing Feb. 21. He was arrested again on Sept. 19 by Groton police and had been held on bond since.
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