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Buffalo man admits bilking elderly woman of life savings

A felon with 18 previous arrests admitted on Monday to bilking an elderly woman out of her life savings.

Kevin Andrews, 51, of Suffolk Street, pleaded guilty to third-degree grand larceny as he was set to go to trial before State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang.

Andrews reportedly posed as an injured police officer who was doing handyman work to cover medical costs for a sick wife and son.

He used the ruse to wipe out his 77-year-old victim’s savings over a 10-month period, according to Buffalo police. He told the woman he had been hurt on duty but was still waiting for his disability payments.

Andrews, using a false name and address, told the woman his medical insurance wouldn’t cover his wife’s medication and that he had a 13-year-old who had a rare illness.

When she ran out of money, the woman asked her daughter for $40 so she could pay the man, and her daughter alerted police.

When Lt. John Pietrzak and Detective Erin McCarthy arrested Andrews, he gave police another fake name.

Andrews allegedly drained $18,000 from his victim’s savings account and an undetermined amount of money from her checking account. The loss left her unable to pay for her own health insurance, she fell behind on her utility bills and she had to borrow money from others.

“This case illustrates both the vulnerability of our senior citizens and the despicable lows to which some members of our society will stoop in order to take advantage of our elderly,” said acting District Attorney Michael J. Flaherty.

Andrews faces up to seven years in prison when he is sentenced on Feb. 22.

Assistant District Attorney Candace Vogel of the Special Investigations Bureau prosecuted the case.