Dear [VICTIM'S NAME]:
The Consumer Protection Branch of the United States Department of Justice, working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, has conducted an investigation in the Maryland and Virginia areas involving the sale of used motor vehicles with altered odometers. Criminal charges were filed against Gill Maor Saleet, Ron Schichtman and Jean Kyung Bae as a result of the investigation. The case was brought in Alexandria, Virginia, in August 2000. On November 16, 2000, the indictment charging the defendants was unsealed and made public after Mr. Saleet was arrested and Ms. Bae voluntarily surrendered. The indictment charges offenses occurring between January 1993 and July 1996. On February 16, 2001, Mr. Saleet pled guilty to conspiring to purchase high-mileage used cars, to roll back the odometers, and to sell the rolled back cars to unsuspecting purchasers. In addition, on February 2, 2001, Ms. Bae entered a guilty plea to one count of inducing a person to travel in interstate commerce in execution of a scheme to defraud. Further information on this case may be accessed under "Cases" on the Office of Consumer of Litigation portion of the United States Department of Justice website, www.usdoj.gov/civil/CPB/, under U.S. v. Gill Saleet, et al. Current information on court dates will be available at that location.
The investigation disclosed that more than 400 vehicles had been subject to odometer tampering. The Victims Rights and Restitution Act of 1990 requires the government to notify the victims and advise them of their rights and obligations under the Federal law. Accordingly, you are hereby notified that you may have been a victim of odometer fraud. Documents gathered by the government indicate that you own or once owned the following vehicle:
Year Make VIN
The records obtained by the government indicate that the aforementioned vehicle had at least [HI] miles on [DATE]. As mentioned above, the offenses charged in this case took place from 1993 to July 1996. When you acquired this vehicle, you may have purchased it from a defendant, or from another party who purchased it from a defendant without knowledge of the rollback.