Serial scammer pleads guilty, goes to jail

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WIVB) — Authorities have called him a serial scammer, and now a contractor exposed by Call 4 Action has taken a plea deal — and is going to jail.

Scott Romero of Palmyra pleaded guilty to two counts of Scheming to Defraud in a Rochester courtroom Friday morning, and was sentenced to three years in prison.

Romero admitted ripping off more than 200 customers in Monroe County, taking them for over $42,000 before he was arrested back in December. A grand jury returned an indictment against Romero in January.

A Monroe County judge ordered Romero to serve the first six months of his sentence in a shock camp, like the shock facility in Portland in Chautauqua County, that emphasizes discipline, work, and drug treatment.

The Palmyra contractor’s snowplowing scams go back nearly five years — first in Rochester, then Buffalo, then the long arm of the law finally caught up with him, this winter, back in Rochester.

In Erie County, Call 4 Action took on Romero in 2011, when he was doing business under the business guise of Extreme Snowplowing, and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman obtained a court order requiring Romero to pay $100,000 in restitution to his victims here.

But Romero violated the terms of that order and found himself back in hot water in state court.

Earlier in April, the Attorney General filed a motion to find Romero in contempt of that court order, which could lead to more jail time, if he is found guilty.

State Supreme Court Justice Catherine Nugent Panepinto set the contempt trial for next month, but Romero has already told Panepinto he is inclined to accept a plea bargain, which would include jail time.

The additional jail time could be tacked onto the end of his three years in prison depending on his plea bargain.

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