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      Car dealer given more time to pay off debt in land swindle

      Pat Bombard appears in court Monday morning / photo: Craig McDowell

      Skaneateles car dealer Pat Bombard has been given more time to pay off an elderly neighbor he allegedly swindled out of thousands of dollars.

      Bombard appeared before Judge Anthony Aloi in Onondaga County Court Monday morning, who had given him until today to pay $155,000 in restitution to Erma Jerva in a fraudulent land sale. Bombard's attorney told the judge that Bombard has already paid back over $50,000 and is seeking a loan to pay off the remaining $105,000.

      Aloi adjourned the case until January 23rd to grant Bombard more time to pay off his debt.

      The case has been dragging on since April 18th when Bombard pleaded guilty to felony charges of grand larceny and offering a false instrument for filing. The latter charge stems from Bombard's admission that he had claimed Jerva's property had been paid off when it had not.

      If Bombard succeeds in paying off restitution to Jerva, Judge Aloi has promised a sentence of five year's probation.