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Former Skaneateles car dealer Pat Bombard in custody

Being held without bail for failing to pay restitution

Former Skaneateles car dealer Pat Bombard, 56, of 7356 Farmstead Road, North Syracuse, was taken into custody by Onondaga County Sheriffs on Feb. 22 for violation of probation. Bombard is now being held without bail at the Onondaga County Department of Corrections in Jamesville.

He violated his probation by failing to pay restitution, Onondaga County Probation Department Commissioner Andrew Sicherman said.

Onondaga County Judge Anthony Aloi had ordered Bombard in 2012 to pay more than $120,000 restitution to Erma Jerva, a Skaneateles resident from whom he had stolen money in a land deal. Aloi had ordered him to pay the restitution in full by Jan. 23, 2013, and when he failed to do so, the probation department alerted Aloi of the violation and he issued a warrant for Bombard’s arrest, Sicherman said.

“He’s working very hard in getting his restitution together right now,” said Bombard’s attorney Robert Durr. Bombard doesn’t currently have the assets to pay, but he is working on borrowing money from friends, he said.

Bombard appeared before Aloi voluntarily on Feb. 22 and was then taken into custody. The judge indicated that he may release Bombard if he pays his restitution in full, since that is his only violation, Durr said.

Bombard has a violation of probation hearing scheduled with Aloi on May 23, at which time the judge could make the decision to re-sentence or release him.

Joe Genco is the editor of the Skaneateles Press. He can be reached at editor@skaneatelespress.com.

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