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Man gets six months for scamming good Samaritans

A Buffalo man who scammed money from people by posing as a stranded motorist has been sentenced to six months in jail, Cheektowaga police reported Wednesday.

Brian Davis, 52, of Bailey Avenue, had pleaded guilty to a charge of scheme to defraud. He was sentenced Tuesday by Town Justice Paul Piotrowski to six months in the Erie County Correctional Facility; the sentence will be served consecutively with a jail term Davis now is serving for a parole violation.

Davis was arrested in April, after several people reported to Cheektowaga police that a man jumped into the passenger seats of their vehicles while they were parked in the lots of local supermarkets.

According to Capt. James Speyer, a police department spokesman, Davis claimed that his car had broken down in the area. After convincing the good Samaritans to give him a lift, Davis led the drivers all around town and into the City of Buffalo, refusing to get out of their vehicles until the victims gave him money.

Town Police Officer Jacob Wodowski arrested Davis on April 19 in the Thruway Plaza, where he had scammed a total of $23.50 out of two men that day for repairs and gas for the fictitious vehicle. One victim gave him $20 and a second turned over $3.50, Speyer disclosed previously.

Speyer said Davis is well known to local police because he has been pulling the scam for several years.