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US v. Randy Lee and Jay Lee

NHTSA/Odometer Fraud

United States v. Randy Lee and Jay Lee, 1:09-cr-00232 (D. Wyo.)

Most recent update 8/2/10 (See end of document)

4/13/10 Update:

On July 23, 2009, a Casper, Wyo., federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Randy Lee (a/k/a Jimmy Lee) and Jay Lee (a/k/a John Marks), both of Cheyenne, Wyo., in a 28-count indictment alleging conspiracy, odometer tampering, securities fraud related to fraudulent motor vehicle titles, and mail fraud.  All of the charges related to an alleged odometer tampering scheme.  For additional information, see the Department of Justice Press Release dated July 24, 2009.

On Jan. 21, 2010, after a two-week trial, a federal jury in Cheyenne convicted Randy Lee on eleven of the fourteen counts with which he was charged in the indictment.  The jury convicted Lee of one count of conspiracy, five counts of odometer tampering, and five counts of securities fraud.  The jury acquitted Randy Lee of two counts of providing false odometer certifications and one count of mail fraud.  For additional information, see the Department of Justice Press Release dated January 21, 2010.

On April 12, 2010, Randy Lee was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Alan B. Johnson in Cheyenne to a term of 37 months in prison and a term of three years of supervised release.  A hearing to determine the amount of restitution owed by Lee will be scheduled within 90 days.  For additional information, see the Department of Justice Press Release dated April 12, 2010.

6/14/10 Update:

Jay Lee (a/k/a John Marks) was arrested on May 18, 2010, in Salt Lake City, Utah, and is being transported to Cheyenne, Wyoming, to face the pending charges.

8/2/10 Update:

On July 29, 2010, Jay Lee (a/k/a John Marks, a/k/a Michael Smith, a/k/a Ricky Marks) appeared before U.S. District Judge Alan B. Johnson in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and pled guilty to two counts of the indictment pending against him.  Pursuant to a plea agreement, the defendant admitted that he engaged in conspiracy and mail fraud with his co-defendant, Randy Lee, in connection with an odometer rollback scheme.  The Court accepted Jay Lee’s guilty plea and set sentencing for October 7, 2010, at the federal courthouse in Cheyenne.