January 26, 2021

Feds: Former CT man sentenced for tampering with car odometers

A former Waterbury resident was sentenced Friday to more than three years in prison after he sold multiple vehicles with odometers that had been altered, according to the U.S. attorney’s office in Connecticut.

While living in Missouri, 50-year-old Wilfred Albanese sold about 43 vehicles that had tampered odometers between August 2014 and October 2015, according to a news release from the office. H

Albanese was also accused of hiding problems with vehicles by “removing ‘check engine’ lights from the instrument panels, providing buyers with phony maintenance receipts and vehicle history reports, and concealing rust and other damage to the vehicle through paint or other means,” the release read.

Authorities also say Albanese — who has previously been convicted of fraud, larceny and other crimes — sold vehicles on Craigslist while pretending to be the people recorded on the title certificates for used vehicles he purchased.

A Missouri grand jury decided to charge him and an accomplice on more than a dozen counts in May 2019, and Albanese was arrested in New London in July 2019, the release read. He’s been in custody since his arrest.

Albanese pleaded guilty to wire fraud and identity theft in July, authorities say.

U.S. District Judge Michael Shea ordered Albanese to serve 42 months in prison and hand over $51,600.

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