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FHP Charges "King of Wreckers"

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Captain David Tripp
Florida Highway Patrol

For Release March 27, 1997:

TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Highway Patrol today announced Cliff Marsh, owner of American Eagle Wrecker Service Inc., surrendered himself at the Leon County Jail on Friday after investigators from the Florida Highway Patrol obtained warrants for his arrest. Marsh, once called the "King of Wreckers" by a competitor, was charged with two counts of Title Fraud, two counts of Violation of Towing and Storage Lien Requirements, one count of Notary Fraud, and one count of Solicitation to Commit Title Fraud.

According to an affidavit submitted by Lieutenant David Binder of the FHP’s Bureau of Investigations, Marsh allegedly falsified documents submitted to the Division of Motor Vehicles in an attempt to obtain titles to vehicles he towed and which were allegedly unclaimed. In addition, Marsh approached a customer at the Division of Motor Vehicles who was having difficulty obtaining title to a vehicle. Marsh allegedly offered to submit a false towing and storage lien claim to allow the customer to obtain title to the vehicle.

The affidavit also alleges that Marsh failed to adhere to the statutory requirements requiring him to contact authorities in an attempt to locate and notify owners of vehicles that their vehicles had been towed and were in his possession.

Each of the charges Mr. Marsh is facing are third degree felonies with penalties of up to five years in prison and $5,000 for each charge. This concludes a nine month investigation by the Patrol’s Investigation Bureau.


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