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Trial date set for accused Skaneateles fraudster

The trial date has been set for a Skaneateles auto dealer who has numerous charges stemming from alleged fraud.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - The trial date has been set for a Skaneateles auto dealer who has numerous charges stemming from alleged fraud.

53-year-old Pat Bombard, who has been accused of grand larceny, identity theft, and scheme to defraud, will begin April 18.

In April, Bombard was arraigned on the grand larceny charge after he took out an auto loan in the name of a couple that had already paid cash for their car in 2007. The same week, additional grand larceny charges were filed against him when another customer told State Police that Bombard had agreed to pay off a trade-in when he came to buy a new vehicle. The man told police that Bombard never paid off the trade-in and was only making sporadic payments on the $17,000 loan.

Bombard has a long history of legal entanglements. In February 2009, an Attorney General investigation revealed that Bombard was using misleading advertisements to lure customers do his dealership.

DA wants accused Skaneateles fraudster to cop guilty plea<BR>Nov. 19

Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - Lawyers representing both the District Attorney's office and a Skaneateles auto dealer who has been arrested on numerous fraud-related charges met in Onondaga County Court on Friday.

Pat Bombard, who was arraigned in August on charges of grand larceny, identity theft, and scheme to defraud, was not present.

The District Attorney's office believes Bombard should plead guilty to the felony charges leveled against him, but the accused is balking at the prospect. General Motors has a morals clause in its franchise agreement with dealers and Bombard would lose his dealership.

Bombard is scheduled to return to court in December.

Skaneateles auto dealer arraigned on fraud charges<BR>Aug. 30

Pat Bombard
Pat Bombard
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - A Skaneateles auto dealer was arraigned on several charges relating to fraud on Monday in Onondaga County Court.

Pat Bombard, the 53-year-old owner of Bombard Chevrolet, has been charged with grand larceny, identity theft, and scheme to defraud.

Prosecutors say that he took out an auto loan in the name of a couple that had already paid cash for their car and then failed to pay off a trade-in as promised for another customer. His attorney claims more of the charges are civil.

Skaneateles auto dealer indicted on fraud charges<BR>Aug. 18

Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - A Skaneateles auto dealer was indicted by a grand jury on Wednesday on several fraud-related charges.

Pat Bombard, 53, the owner of Bombard Chevy, is charged with grand larceny, identity theft, and scheme to defraud.

In April, Bombard was arraigned on the grand larceny charge after he took out an auto loan in the name of a couple that had already paid cash for their car in 2007. The same week, additional grand larceny charges were filed against him when another customer told State Police that Bombard had agreed to pay off a trade-in when he came to buy a new vehicle. The man told police that Bombard never paid off the trade-in and was only making sporadic payments on the $17,000 loan.

Bombard has a long history of legal entanglements. In February 2009, an Attorney General investigation revealed that Bombard was using misleading advertisements to lure customers do his dealership.

Skaneateles car dealer faces more charges<BR>April 9

Skaneateles (WSYR-TV) - State Police have filed additional charges against Skaneateles car dealer Pat Bombard.

Bombard was originally charged with grand larceny and falsifying business records in March for allegedly taking out a loan out on a car in an elderly couple’s name who had paid him cash for their purchase.

Now State Police say another customer has come forward who says Bombard agreed to pay-off his trade-in when he came to purchase a new vehicle. But that never happened, and Bombard was only making sporadic payments on the $17,000 loan.

Bombard is now facing an additional third degree grand larceny charge and a first degree falsifying business record charge.

So now, State Police are asking Bombard customers who recently purchased a new car or truck to take another close look at their paperwork. If you find any problems or inconsistencies with your deal, you’re asked to call State Police at 689-7908.

This isn’t the first time Bombard has been in trouble. Last year the New York State Attorney General’s Office went after Bombard Chevy for using misleading advertising and charging customers for warranties and products they didn’t want.

Bombard is due back in court in June.

Bombard and his attorney have told us they believe these were just bookkeeping errors that can be worked out.

From April 7, 2010

Skaneateles (WSYR-TV) - The owner of a Skaneateles car dealership was back in court Wednesday evening to be arraigned on charges that he ripped off an elderly couple who bought a car from him.

Pat Bombard Jr., the owner of Bombard Chevy in Skaneateles, was arraigned on charges of grand larceny and falsifying business records after allegedly selling a car to the couple for cash in 2007, then taking out a loan on the vehicle and making payments himself. The couple was unaware of the loan until their son discovered it.

Bombard's attorney, Robert Durr, thinks the whole issue could have simply been an oversight. "I think there's a strong possibility that this is a civil matter. It could have been a financial bookkeeping oversight. There is no criminal intent here, and that could take it out of larceny charges."

This isn't the first time Bombard has been in trouble. Last year the Attorney General's office went after him for misleading ads and charging customers for stuff they didn't want.

Skaneateles car dealer arrested for fraud

Pat Bombard, 53, of Skaneateles
Pat Bombard, 53, of Skaneateles
Skaneateles (WSYR-TV) - The owner of Bombard Chevrolet in Skaneateles has been arrested and charged with grand larceny and falsifying business records.

According to State Police, in October 2007, Pat Bombard sold a used car to an elderly couple for cash. Police say a car loan in the amount of $18,700 for the vehicle was opened in the couple's name by Bombard and the monthly payments were being made by Bombard. 

Police say in December of 2009, the couple's son discovered that there was a lien and loan on the vehicle and called investigators.  

Bombard, 53, was arrested on charges of grand larceny and falsifying business records.

NewsChannel 9 spoke with Bombard Thursday afternoon, and he said the situation was a misunderstanding between the bank and his business and he planned to take care of the situation in the coming days.

Bombard is due in the Town of Skaneateles Court on April 7th.

In 2009, Bombard Chevrolet settled a lawsuit that alleged it used misleading ads to lure in customers, offered cash-back refunds after increasing car prices, and tagged on extras to beef up customers' bills.

Bombard Chevy settles lawsuit: The Real Deal<br>February 20, 2009

Skaneateles, New York (WSYR-TV) - Bombard Chevrolet in Skaneateles has settled a lawsuit that alleged it used misleading ads to lure in customers, offered cash-back refunds after increasing car prices, and tagged on extras to beef up customers’ bills.
 
According to the Attorney General's office, Bombard Chevy wasn't telling customers that cars they were buying had been used as rentals; they were increasing the sales price before offering rebates and were charging customers for extended warranties without letting them know the plans were optional. 

They've agreed to pay customers back more than $15,000.
 
An attorney for Bombard tells us most of this happened when they hired an out-of-state company to run two big sales. 

That company handled all the marketing and promotions, and brought in their own sales people to make deals. But because it was at their dealership, and they should have been well aware of New York State laws and reviewed the sales more closely, they agreed to settle the lawsuit. 

Now, these two sales at the dealership happened in October of 2007 and August of 2008.  If you purchased a car during that time period from Bombard Chevy, review your receipts carefully. If anything looks suspicious, contact the Attorney General at 448-4800.

If you're affected, you have 30 days to file a complaint with the AG's office in order to get restitution.

Attorney General Press Release

ATTORNEY GENERAL CUOMO HOLDS SYRACUSE’S BOMBARD CAR CO.  ACCOUNTABLE FOR FRAUDULENT SALES PRACTICES

Investigation finds dealership sold automobiles previously used as rental vehicles without informing buyer, added costs without informing consumers, engaged in deceptive advertising ~ Bombard to pay $20,000 in restitution, costs and penalties

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (January 29, 2009) - Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that his office has forced Syracuse’s Bombard Car Company to pay restitution to defrauded customers.

Attorney General Cuomo’s Office entered into an agreement with the Skaneateles-based dealership, owned by Patrick Bombard, for deceiving customers through misleading advertisements and promotions and failing to inform customers that cars purchased were previously used as rental vehicles - all in violation of a 2005 agreement with the Attorney General’s Office.

Bombard must pay a total of $15,565 in restitution to consumers who were defrauded by the dealership during sales promotions in October 2007 and August 2008. In one promotion, Bombard included an instant savings certificate in the form of a check, allegedly worth $2,988 off the price of a used car. In the other promotion, Bombard included a “Customer Cash Back Savings” voucher allegedly worth $4,000 off the price of a vehicle. In actuality, Bombard increased the retail sales price of the vehicle to account for the rebate. Additionally, several of the consumers purchased cars they did not know were previously used as rental vehicles.

The agreement, submitted to Onondaga County Supreme Court, also allows additional consumers who purchased a vehicle during the October 2007 or August 2008 promotions and file complaints within 30 days with the Attorney General’s Office to be eligible for restitution.

“Car dealerships must provide legally required notifications to its customers and be forthcoming in its advertising materials,” said Attorney General Cuomo. “This agreement puts money the dealership wrongfully obtained back in the hands of the consumer. We will continue to hold responsible those who are engaged in deceptive tactics at the detriment to New York’s consumers.”

Attorney General Cuomo’s Office conducted an investigation into Bombard that uncovered the dealership failed to notify customers that the vehicles they purchased were previously used as rental vehicles - in violation of New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law. Certain uses of vehicles, including use as a rental vehicle, can have an impact on the value of a car, leading buyers to either avoid the purchase or pay significantly less than what would otherwise be the fair market value.

In addition, the Attorney General’s investigation found that Bombard charged a consumer for rust proofing without his consent. The dealership also added an extended warranty to the purchase price on several contracts without informing the consumers.

The Attorney General’s investigation also discovered the dealership engaged in deceptive acts in its advertisements, including:

● Using footnotes that contradict, modify, or limit the principal message of an advertisement
● Including deceptive sweepstakes offers in marketing materials
● Implying that a sale was liquidation or public sale, when such was not the case
● Engaging in deceptive credit sales advertising
● Including deceptive photographs and artwork
● Increasing the retail price of an automobile to allow for a rebate or discount - thus saving the consumer no money

The case is being handled by Assistant Attorney General Judith Malkin under the supervision of Assistant Attorney General-In-Charge of the Syracuse Office Ed Thompson.

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