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Car dealer found guilty of bilking dealership

Greg A. Scott, an independent car dealer, was convicted Friday of bilking Ray Laks Honda of West Seneca out of more than $40,000 in vehicles he bought at auctions for the dealership and then sold himself.

Following a three-day trial before Erie County Judge Shirley Troutman, a jury deliberated about four hours before finding Scott, 48, of Empress Avenue, Amherst, guilty of three counts of grand larceny.

Over the objection of trial prosecutor Paul J. Glascott, the judge allowed Scott to remain free without bail pending his Feb. 6 sentencing.

Scott testified that he worked for about 18 months as an independent contractor for the Laks dealership. He said the dealership owed him money.

However, Glascott noted that Scott, who did not have a written contract with the dealership, has never filed suit against the dealership and deposited all $40,047 generated on the sale of three SUVs between October 2004 and Oct. 11, 2005, in his own bank account.

Neither Scott nor his attorneys could be reached to comment following the verdict.

Glascott said officials of Laks contacted West Seneca police in April 2006 after the bank was charging the dealership interest on the $38,360 it had been loaned for the purchase of the three SUVs by Scott and for which it had no records of sale.

None of that sales money was recovered, the prosecutor said.


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