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Jail time ordered in Cheektowaga home repair scam

A man who failed to perform home repairs for a Cheektowaga resident who gave him $2,100 for building supplies was sentenced Tuesday to 90 days in jail.

Bernard P. Livsey, 48, of Westfield Road, Amherst, had contracted in 2010 to build a porch for a French Road resident, police said. He was given money for supplies but never bought them and never did any work, police said.

After numerous failed attempts to get him to return the money, Livsey was arrested in 2012 on a felony charge of grand larceny.

Livsey pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of attempted petit larceny and was sentenced Tuesday by Town Justice Paul S. Piotrowski, who noted that he violated a trust placed in him and had caused the victim a hardship.