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$200,000 IN RESTITUTION SOUGHT FROM CONTRACTOR

State and county prosecutors Monday said they are seeking more than $200,000 in restitution from Buffalo contractor Todd A. Cameron on his guilty plea in what has been described as one of Western New York's largest home-improvement swindles.

Prosecutors said they agreed to a delay in Cameron's sentencing Monday based on his lawyer's assurances that the $50,000 cash bail that was used to get him out of jail will be applied toward the six-figure restitution being sought.

With the approval of State Assistant Attorney General Dennis Rosen and Erie County prosecutor Jeffrey J. Hagen, Senior Erie County Judge Michael L. D'Amico put off Cameron's sentencing to Aug. 4 but made no commitment on the sentence he will impose.

In addition to restitution, prosecutors are seeking a jail term for Cameron for defrauding 55 Buffalo and North Tonawanda homeowners and a Cheektowaga building-supply concern last year. The owner of Cameron Construction on Hertel Avenue pleaded guilty to charges of grand larceny, using a bad check and scheming to defraud. Rosen said Cameron could face up to 14 years in prison.

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