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Snowplow operator accused of contract fraud

Town of Tonawanda police have arrested a 43-year-old Cheektowaga woman and accused her of bilking at least two of her snowplowing customers, but police believe the fraudulent snowplowing contracts extend beyond their town.

Terry Lyn Jarvis was arrested Monday in the driveway of her Cleveland Drive home, after detectives said she refused previous requests to turn herself in to police.

She's charged with two counts of petit larceny and one count of scheme to defraud, Town of Tonawanda police said.

"We have at least two people whom we have identified," Lt. Nicholas A. Bado said of the victims. "We think we have more."

Following Jarvis' arrest, Tonawanda police sent an advisory to other local police departments. Amherst and Kenmore police already have contacted the Town of Tonawanda about complaints in their areas.

Both people who filed complaints in the Town of Tonawanda claimed that they signed contracts with Jarvis, that the plows did not show up after a big snowfall and that they were unable to reach her or her company.

Town of Tonawanda detectives contacted Jarvis by phone Friday and asked her to surrender Monday. When she did not show up, they went to her home and spotted her pulling her vehicle into the driveway.

"She tried to back out around the police car, but she got stuck in the snow," Bado said, based on the police report.