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The California woman convicted for ripping off banks nationwide, until the buck stopped here in Batavia – is now headed to state prison.

Cassandra Montrevel, 25, was sentenced in Genesee County Court Wednesday to 1-1/3 to four years prison time, for her conviction on first-degree identity theft. Montrevel was part of a ring that defrauded banks from Batavia to the Midwest – but she was sniffed out by an alert teller at Batavia’s Bank of America last year.

In court Wednesday, Montrevel tearfully told Judge Robert Noonan she'd made a bad decision, and she was very sorry.

"You've made many bad choices and bad decisions," Noonan replied. "And it's clear you have no respect for others' property, and will do whatever you have to to get your hands on it.

Montrevel is still facing a "lengthy" federal prison sentence for a federal conviction, according to her attorney. It will run concurrently to the New York State prison sentence.


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