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Pennsylvania man pleads guilty in Bobcat scam

LOCKPORT – A man who sold a piece of heavy equipment he didn’t actually own took a plea deal Thursday in Niagara County Court.

Jared D. Keeney, 36, of Canton, Pa., will owe $40,000 to the insurance company for Bobcat of Buffalo, a Lockport business, after selling that dealership a Bobcat mini-excavator for that amount. Keeney had rented the machine from a Pennsylvania dealer. The sale in Lockport occurred May 24, 2013.

Keeney drew a one-year sentence from Judge Sara Sheldon for attempted third-degree grand larceny. However, the sentence will be served simultaneously with a three-year federal prison sentence Keeney received for defrauding a Michigan man out of $500,000 between 2007 and 2009. He spent the money on himself while telling the victim he would use it to build a stock-car racing business for the man’s son.