Queensbury widow, police say husband's friend scammed them out of thousands

March 21, 2017 06:38 PM

Keri Sherman believed Patrick Burch was one of her late husband's best friends.

"This is what you did to your friend," Sherman said Tuesday afternoon.

Almost a year and a half after Bruce Sherman's death from brain cancer, it's clear Burch was no friend at all.

The Shermans allege that he stole almost $20,000 from them.

Bruce Sherman was A big fan of Harley Davidson motorcycles and Jeeps.

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He wanted his wife to have a Harley, and his stepdaughter to have a Jeep.

So they enlisted the help of Burch, who was an auto-body mechanic.

Burch helped them find a red Jeep Wrangler and a Harley that needed some work.

They paid him thousands of dollars for parts and labor to fix them up.

But they say all they've gotten from Burch is excuses. Hundreds of them by text message.

They say he even sold their Jeep to someone else and left the Harley to rot in the rain, all the while asking for more money from the Shermans.

"I'm giving the money to Pat to honor Bruce's memory. It's all in memory for Bruce."

Police have charged Burch with Grand Larceny as a hate crime because they say he preyed on a dying man.

They've issued an arrest warrant for Burch who lists an address of 19 Hilton Drive in South Glens Falls, but they haven't been able to find him.

In the meantime, Keri Sherman is trying to come to terms with how a man who pretended to be one of her late husband's best friends, could rip them off.

"It bothers me the most that we trusted him the most to carry my husband's body to his final resting place and he had this plan. How much more evil can you be."


Mark Mulholland

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