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Car dealer back in jail for failing to repay victim

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The Skaneateles car dealer who scammed an elderly client out of thousands of dollars is now back in jail.

Pat Bombard was originally sentenced to five years probation and ordered to pay back 93-year-old Erma Jerva $155,000. He took a loan out in her name and actually spent time in jail earlier this year for failure to pay. Tuesday in court, we learned that Bombard still owes Jerva $47,000.

His attorney told the court he is expecting money as soon as Wednesday. The judge sentenced Bombard to two days in jail for violation of his parole, while he waits for the money to arrive. Jerva also spoke in court, saying says she won't settle for any less than what she is owed.

"During these past months, Pat has offered several deals to settle for many thousands of dollars less than what he owes me. When my husband was alive, we paid our bills, and never asked anyone to take less," said Jerva.

"She is feisty, she has the strength of people half her age and she's going to see this through. But yet, it has taken its toll." added Assistant District Attorney Beth Van Dorn. "Every time there's a court appearance, there's communication back and forth. Is he gonna show up? Is there any money? What's going on? And it just stirs up everything again and again."

Bombard's attorney said in court that $20,000 was available Tuesday with the remaining $27,000 Wednesday afternoon. Bombard will appear again Thursday morning. If the money has not been paid back in full, the judge could sentence Bombard to state prison.

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