A Buffalo man who bought liquor and theater tickets and booked hotel rooms using other people’s credit card numbers was sentenced Wednesday to up to six years in prison on fraud and bail jumping convictions.
Leland Burks, 51, of Viola Park, also owes $15,113 in restitution, according to the Erie County District Attorney’s Office.
Among the items he ordered were two bottles of Dom Perignon valued at $1,016.
Burks called a downtown steakhouse and used another person’s credit card to order the two bottles, saying they were for a City Court judge. Burks then picked up the bottles.
In September, Burks pleaded guilty as charged to felony first-degree scheme to defraud and second-degree bail jumping.
State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia sentenced Burks to 1½ to three years for each of the convictions, with the sentences to run consecutively.
Buscaglia sentenced him to the same prison term for an earlier scheme to defraud conviction but allowed that term to be served at the same time as the other sentences.
Burks had faced 12 years in prison.
Burks initially pleaded guilty in November 2011 but absconded before he could be sentenced, the District Attorney’s Office said.
After a manhunt, the Violent Felony Warrant Squad arrested him in August.
“I never meant to blow off my sentence,” Burks told Buscaglia.
He said he left the area to be with his ill mother.
Defense lawyer John M. Dudziak sought a drug treatment prison for Burks, citing his client’s history of abusing drugs.
“His addiction has taken over his life,” Dudziak told the judge. “[He] turned to theft to support that habit.”