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Judge: Skaneateles swindler heads to jail, must finish paying off victim or face state prison time

A former Skaneateles car dealer who swindled numerous victims out of their money appeared in court on Tuesday, facing a deadline for completing restitution to an elderly woman.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – A former Skaneateles car dealer who swindled numerous victims out of their money appeared in court on Tuesday, facing a deadline for completing restitution to an elderly woman.

Pat Bombard owed the victim nearly $48,000, but said he could pay less than half that as of Tuesday morning.

Bombard told the court that he would have the remaining $28,000 on Wednesday morning, but he was taken into custody.

A NewsChannel 9 photographer said that Bombard was visibly shaken when he was handcuffed and escorted out of the courtroom by police.

The judge said that if he does not pay the remainder by Thursday, he will be sent to state prison.

Bombard was able to avoid prison time when he pleaded guilty so that he could repay the money he stole from Erma Jerva through a fraudulent land deal.

Bombard pleaded guilty in January 2012 to stealing from Jerva. He has also pleaded guilty to several charges of felony scheme to defraud. From 2007 to 2010, Bombard defrauded customers through his auto dealership.

In one instance, a customer's vehicle was repossessed because Bombard declined to make a payment.

He was given five years' probation according to the plea agreement.

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