ROCHESTER, NY – United States Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that 49-year-old Clark P. Rittersbach was convicted of wire fraud in Cape Coral, Florida, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Caitlin M. Hartford, who is prosecuting the case, said Rittersback was the owner and sole manager of Concours Classic Motor Cars in Macedon, NY from about 2006 to 2021, according to the complaint. The company, specializing in the restoration and sale of classic vehicles, has many long-distance and international customers. According to the complaint, since at least 2017, Rittersbach has accused three victims of defrauding them of acquisitions and/or restoration work on their vintage vehicles that he did not complete or perform at all despite telling them via email and text. had As a result of this scheme, Rittersbach fraudulently obtained at least $1.15 million from the three victims.
- From April 2009 to April 2019, Victim 1, who lives in Pennsylvania, paid Rittersbach to buy or return several vehicles, but ultimately learned that Rittersbach had lied about work done or vehicles purchased to get money from the victim. 1, including the 1932 Duesenberg Murphy.
- In the year Between 2014 and May 2021, Victim 2, a resident of Canada, paid Rittersbach for a total of $374,000 to acquire and/or restore six rare and high-value antique cars. These automobiles included a 1964 Porsche 356C, which Victim 2 never owned.
- In the year In 2008, Victim 3, who lived in the United Kingdom and France, purchased the 2008 Rittersbach from an acquaintance. In 1926 Rolls Royce made a deal with Rittersbach to restore the “Silver Ghost”. In the year In December 2021, Victim 3 became suspicious that Rittersbach was not doing his rehabilitation and asked for confirmation. In the year By the end of April 2022. However, very little restoration work has been done.
Murphy was arraigned this morning before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark W. Pederson and released on bail.
The complaint is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation led by Special Agent Matthew Miraglia.
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