Friday, June 28, 2013

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

Posted By on Fri, Jun 28, 2013 at 5:30 PM


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.

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