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Evidence of similar acts is admissible within the discretion of the trial judge, United States v. Natale, 526 F.2d 1160, 1174 (2d Cir. 1975), cert. denied, 425 U.S. 950, 96 S. Ct. 1724, 48 L. Ed. 2d 193, 44 U.S.L.W. 3608 (1976), when it is substantially relevant for a purpose other than showing a defendant's criminal character or disposition and its probative worth outweighs its potential prejudicial impact. See, e.g., United States v. Miranda, 526 F.2d 1319, 1331 (2d Cir. 1975), cert. denied , 429 U.S. 821, 50 L. Ed. 2d 82, 97 S. Ct. 69, 45 U.S.L.W. 3249 (1976); United States v. Torres, 519 F.2d 723, 727 (1975), cert. denied, 423 U.S. 1019, 96 S. Ct. 457, 46 L. Ed. 2d 392 (1975). 

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