A serial celebrity name-dropper who used stolen credit cards to buy concert tickets, pay for hotel rooms and shop, is going back to prison for his most recent scam.
Leland Burks, 56, of Buffalo was sentenced to an indeterminate term of 3 1/2 to 7 years in prison by State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns, the Erie County District Attorney's Office announced Tuesday. Burks had pleaded guilty in September to one count of identity theft and one count of scheme to defraud, both felonies.
Burks had claimed he was part of the entourage for comedian Kevin Hart when he booked hotel rooms with a stolen card in April 2015, before Hart’s show in Buffalo. He also used stolen cards to buy tickets to the performance at the former First Niagara Center.
Hart doesn't know Burks and had nothing to do with the scam.
Prosecutors said the illicit entertainment package totaled more than $12,700.
Burks previously served time in Alabama on another stolen credit card conviction, according to Assistant District Attorney Gary Ertel.
He also was convicted in 2011 of fraud and bail-jumping after he also used stolen credit cards to buy theater tickets, book hotel rooms and use a judge's name to buy champagne.
As far back as 1998, he was arrested for using stolen cards at the Hampton Inn on Walden Avenue, when he said he worked for Puff Daddy.