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Arrest Made, Another Pending In Fraudulent Land Sales Case

December 27, 2013

One Titusville man has been charged and State Police are looking for a second in a case in which investigators claim that “timber rights” were fraudulently sold to land the men do not own.

The alleged victims include lumber companies in Centerville and in Trumbull County, Ohio.

Police say 34 year-old David Kapellusch has been charged with twenty-one counts, including conspiracy, theft by deception, forgery and identity theft.  Kapellusch was lodged in the Venango County Jail on $121,000 bail.

Police say they are searching for 49 year-old Steven Marchand, also from Titusville, who they believe may have been an accomplice of Kapellusch, and may have acted alone in similar scams.  Any information on Marchand’s whereabouts should be reported to the State Police Franklin station in Cranberry Township.

Reports indicate the suspects in the case fraudulently sold properties they did not own in Plum and Cherrytree Townships in Venango County, and in Troy and Rockdale Townships in Crawford County.  It appears the investigation began when a Rockdale Township man noticed timbering being done on a neighbor’s property, and contacted his neighbor, who was staying in Florida at the time.

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