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LEWISTON MAN ADMITS ROLE IN USED-CAR SCAM

A Lewiston man admitted Tuesday in Niagara County Court that he took part in a lucrative used-car scam.

Michael A. Pendola, 46, of Jefferson Way, pleaded guilty to third-degree grand larceny and was scheduled for sentencing Jan. 18 by Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza.

Pendola agreed to testify against two co-defendants in the case. He said he pocketed $12,000 to $14,000 of the stolen money, which is alleged to have totaled as much as $92,000.

Pendola was accused of taking money between November 2002 and August 2003 from three downstate dealerships to obtain used cars for them in Canada, but the cars were never delivered.

He also was accused of pocketing $1,060 from a Lewiston couple in March of this year for a home improvement project he never completed.

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