Kevin Andrews doesn’t have a wife, a son or a disability, but he lied about all those things to scam a 77-year-old Buffalo woman out of nearly $22,000 – all the money she had in her savings.
Andrews, 51, of Suffolk Street, was sentenced to two to four years in prison Monday morning in State Supreme Court after pleading guilty to third-degree grand larceny. He also was ordered to pay restitution.
In advocating for significant jail time, Assistant District Attorney Candace K. Vogel told the court that Andrews had pretended to be a Buffalo police officer who had been injured on duty and was doing odd jobs while waiting for disability checks. Vogel pointed out later that Andrews’ only connection to the police department was through his 18 previous arrests.
Andrews also told his victim about the medical problems of his wife – “who, by the way, doesn’t exist,” Vogel said – and his ailing son, who also doesn’t exist.
To bolster his lies, Andrews posed as the family’s doctor in phone calls to the woman to stress the urgency of his family’s need.
Andrews continued to pressure his victim for more cash even after he had drained her accounts, and that was his downfall. Still wanting to help, the woman turned to a family member for a loan.
The family member notified police, who arrested Andrews at the victim’s house when he came to get “her very last penny,” Vogel said.
Andrews was silent Monday and offered no excuse or apology for his actions before State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang told him, “It’s really unbelievable that you have taken advantage of the kindness of this very vulnerable senior citizen.”
In addition to the sentence and restitution, Wolfgang issued an order of protection to keep Andrews away from the woman once he is released.