Second Man Arrested In Fraudulent Land Sales Case

January 3, 2014
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A Titusville man who was wanted in connection with a case in which two men are accused of fraudulently selling land they do not own was arrested Tuesday in Crawford County by United States Marshals and the Pennsylvania State Police.

49 year-old Steven Marchand was apprehended in Oil Creek Township.  He was arraigned on twenty counts, including forgery and theft, and was lodged in the Venango County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

Marchand and 34 year-old David Kapellusch are accused of “selling” properties they do not own in Plum and Cherrytree Townships in Venango County, and in Rockdale and Bloomfield Townships in Crawford County.  Kapellusch was arrested by State Police on December 20, was arraigned on 22 charges, and was jailed on a bond totaling more than $120,000.  Both men face hearings next Wednesday.

The alleged victims in the case reportedly include lumber businesses in Centerville and in Trumbull County, Ohio.  It appears the investigation began when a Rockdale Township man noticed timbering was being done on a neighbor’s property, and contacted his neighbor, who was staying in Florida at the time.

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