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Irondequoit Woman Sentenced For Forging Motor Vehicle Documents For Classic Cars

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of New York

CONTACT: Barbara Burns
PHONE: (716) 843-5817
FAX #: (716) 551-3051

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Marcella Samuels, 44, of Irondequoit, NY, who was convicted of mail fraud, was sentenced to serve two years’ probation by U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle P. Rossi, who handled the case, stated that between 2015 and 2020, the defendant created and sold forged State of Maine vehicle titles and registration documents to individuals attempting to title and register classic cars. As part of the scheme, Samuels advertised under the pseudonym “Titleman” in the periodical “Old Cars Weekly,” offering title and registration services for owners of classic cars. The defendant used the U.S. Mail to send payment and advertising applications to Old Cars Weekly. Individuals seeking to title or register vehicles would mail payments of $300 to $350 to the defendant, who would then forge and mail the documents back to customers. Over the course of the scheme, Samuels is believed to have collected approximately $292,000 in proceeds from the fraud.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, under the direction of Boston Division Acting Inspector-in-Charge Joshua W. McCallister, the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, under the direction of Commissioner Mark J.F. Schroeder; and the New York State Police, under the direction of Major Barry Chase.

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Updated September 9, 2021