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Snowplow scammer is guilty of fraud

A Cheektowaga woman who already was facing prison for bilking 104 snowplowing customers out of $21,000 pleaded guilty Friday to felony welfare fraud for failing to report that money and the sale of several pieces of property while receiving public assistance.

Terry Lyn Jarvis, 43, of Cleveland Drive, pleaded guilty for a second time before State Supreme Court Justice M. William Boller.

"The defendant now stands convicted of having flimflammed both private citizens and Erie County taxpayers," Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III said.

Jarvis faces an Aug. 21 sentencing before Boller and a possible combined prison term of up to 11 years. She remains free on her own recognizance.

Prosecutors said Jarvis' combined pleas were to the highest charges she faced.

She pleaded guilty March 28 to felony first-degree scheme to defraud for the snowplowing scams she carried out last year for services she could not or did not provide.

Jarvis, who signed a confession of judgment agreeing to pay back former clients up to $21,000, is expected to be forced to make restitution to Erie County on her undisclosed welfare fraud amount.

Her customers, who had signed contracts, contacted police in Amherst, the Town of Tonawanda, Buffalo and Kenmore after snow fell and they were unable to reach her. She was arrested in that case in January.

Sedita said that while she collected money from customers, she also was getting welfare benefits and collected cash on the sale of two small tracts of land.

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