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This Cuyahoga Falls Odometer Scam Looks Like Something Straight Out of Matilda

A Cuyahoga Falls man was indicted on multiple felony charges on Thursday for defrauding car buyers by selling high-milage vehicles on Craigslist after he had rolled back their odometers. Sounds a lot like the Danny DeVito character from the 1996 film Matilda, no? 35-year-old Shannon G. Payne was indicted on six counts of tampering with records and single counts of theft, forgery, and identity fraud reported 19 Action News. The charges involve three instances in which Payne is accused of purchasing vehicles on Craigslist and having the owner assign the title to him. He also used fake power-of-attorney forms and solicited the notary services of his wife in order to obtain replacement titles, after which he rigged the odometers in the vehicles to reflect a lower mileage. Payne’s wife was not charged in the case, but she has surrendered her notary commission. Original Article: http://www.clevescene.com/scene-and-heard/archives/2013/06/28/3593236-this-cuyahoga-falls-odometer-scam-looks-like-something-straight-out-of-the-movie-matilda

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Cuyahoga Falls: BMW Investigations/ Cuyahoga Falls Police

AKRON, OH (WOIO) – A Cuyahoga Falls man who defrauded car buyers by selling high-mileage vehicles on Craigslist after rolling back the odometers was indicted on multiple felony charges on Thursday, June 27, 2013, by a Summit County grand jury. Shannon G. Payne, 35, who also is a registered sex offender, was indicted on six counts of tampering with records and single counts of theft, forgery and identity fraud following an investigation by BMV Investigations and Cuyahoga Falls police. The charges involve three transactions in which Payne is accused of buying vehicles on Craigslist and having the owner assign the title to him. The investigation found that Payne subsequently used falsified power-of-attorney forms – utilizing the notary services of his wife, Carrianne Payne, to obtain replacement titles – after which he swapped out the odometers in the vehicles to reflect a lower mileage. Carrianne Payne was not charged in the case, but she has surrendered her notary commission. BMV Investigations has identified other apparent victims of this scheme. They can contact BMV Investigator Robert Gallo at (440) 845-1850. Copyright 2013 WOIO. All rights reserved. Original Article: http://www.19actionnews.com/story/22715758/cuyahoga-falls-man-indicted-in-odometer-rollback-scam

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High-Flying Auto Dealer Employee Steals $10M For Luxuries

Patricia Smith, the former controller of an auto dealership in Pennsylvania, is headed to jail after embezzling $10 million from her former boss in a stunning case of a trusted employee looting the business then squandering the cash on luxuries. Smith, who worked at Baierl Acura located in Wexford, Pa., an upper-middle class suburb of Pittsburgh, was convicted of systematically stealing for seven years–some $4,000 a day on average–for private jet travel, special trips to the theatre, fancy clothes and other goods, according to the court. A costume fitting on Broadway? Check. Super Bowl Tickets? Check. There were even trips to the Vatican using stolen money. Smith spared no expense for herself or her family on the company’s dime, according to reports from court. The jet charters alone totaled $1.8 million for the high-flying bookkeeper, who officially made about $50,000 a year from the dealership. According to Shannon Pierre, of ABC Pittsburgh affiliate WTAE, who reported on the story from court, Smith’s reason for her crime spree was she felt like a “horrible daughter, wife, mother and friend” and the gifts were a way to “earn their love” because she wanted to see “what happiness looks like.” An attorney for…

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Dealer Says Odometer-Rollback Charges Are Due to Mechanical ‘Glitch’

The Daily Times of Deleware, Pa., reported this past weekend that one local used-car dealer charged with rolling back the odometer on a 1998 Jeep Cherokee has a different story to tell. The dealer and his attorney are claiming that a mechanical defect was the cause of the erroneous mileage reading. The report stated that David Gill, general manager of DiFilippo Brothers Motor Cars, is being charged with alteration of true mileage statement, deceptive business practices and the misdemeanor charge of tampering with public records. And Gill’s attorney, Michael Malloy, disputes the allegations, blaming the odometer readings on what he called a “mechanical glitch.”

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Used Car Dealer Facing Charges After Odometer Investigation

Dave Gill is facing felony charges after complaints by an NBC10 viewer who bought a car at the lot he manages in Prospect Park. A used car manager is facing felony charges after the NBC10 Investigators looked into complaints that he tampered with the odometer on one of his Jeeps.

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Raleigh man charged with selling vehicles with altered odometers

RALEIGH, N.C. — A Raleigh man has been arrested and charged with selling vehicles with altered odometers out of his home. Officials with the NC Division of Motor Vehicles License and Theft Bureau say Francis Marimo had been under investigation for months after a customer reportedly purchased a 2005 Honda Odyssey through an ad on Craigslist. The victim later discovered that the vehicle mileage had been changed. During the investigation, agents learned Marimo would travel to different states to purchase the vehicles, then return to Raleigh where he would allegedly change the odometer cluster and then place the vehicle on Craigslist for sale.

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The National Odometer and Title Fraud Enforcement Association (NOTFEA) is a non-profit, professional organization formed originally in 1980 as the National Odometer Enforcement Association (NOEA).

The association is chartered as a non-profit corporation with the Commonwealth of Virginia and is registered as a 501(C)(3) organization with the Internal Revenue Service.

Membership in NOTFEA is restricted to individuals working for law enforcement and consumer protection agencies, licensing and motor vehicle departments, and private attorneys and investigators who are responsible for detecting, deterring, and prosecuting odometer, rebuilt/salvage, and other title fraud offenders under state, federal, and other applicable laws.