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Skaneateles swindler evades prison time by coming up with the money for elderly victim

Confronted the possibility of a stint behind bars in state prison, a Skaneateles auto dealer who swindled an elderly woman out of more than $100,000 came up with the money to pay her off.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – Confronted the possibility of a stint behind bars in state prison, a Skaneateles auto dealer who swindled an elderly woman out of more than $100,000 came up with the money to pay her off.

As part of a plea agreement, Pat Bombard promised to pay restitution to Erma Jerva, from whom he stole more than $100,000.

On Tuesday, Bombard was taken into custody when he told a judge he could pay some – but not all – of the money he owed Jerva.

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.

The judge promised Bombard a prison stay if he failed to come up with the remainder of the money he owed Jerva.

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.

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