States Attorney's Office District of Connecticut
|April 14, 2011||
MAN WHO DEFRAUDED NUMEROUS OIL COMPANIES AND
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that MARC CANNON, also known as “Marc the Oil Man,” 37, has been charged in a federal criminal complaint with wire fraud and identity theft offenses stemming from an alleged scheme to defraud both oil companies and individuals whose oil deliveries he fraudulently brokered. The criminal complaint was unsealed yesterday, and CANNON is currently being sought by law enforcement.
The criminal complaint alleges that, since approximately February 2010, CANNON has been engaged in a scheme to steal oil from numerous oil companies and to obtain money from individuals who received oil deliveries. Posing as a retail customer when dealing with the oil companies, and as a bargain oil seller when dealing with property owners, CANNON used stolen personal identifying information to orchestrate and direct the delivery of oil. As part of the alleged scheme, CANNON contacted property owners, offering to sell oil at below market cost in exchange for a cash payment. Then, using stolen personal identifying information to set up an account, CANNON arranged for a retail oil company to deliver home heating oil to a property owned by the property owner. The oil would be delivered and CANNON would collect cash for the delivery from the property owner. After CANNON had disappeared, the oil company would contact the property owner to collect payment for the oil delivery. Only then would the oil company and the property owner realize that they had been a part of CANNON’s alleged fraud scheme.
In addition to these federal charges, CANNON is the subject of several open state arrest warrants in Connecticut and North Carolina.
Citizens who have information about CANNON’s whereabouts, or have knowledge of this scheme, are encouraged to call the U.S. Secret Service, New Haven Resident Office, at 203-865-2449.
U.S. Attorney Fein stressed that a complaint is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. Charges are only allegations, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
This investigation is being conducted by the United States Secret Service in coordination with several local police departments. This matter is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Krishna R. Patel.
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