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Who owns the boat? Where is it now?
- Updated: August 18, 2012
It all began when Floyd Mazzucco decided it was time to sell his 1996 Baja fiberglass power boat. He found a willing buyer in Buffalo in November of 2011 and after agreeing to a sale price of $14,000, Mazzucco signed over the boat title to the Buffalo buyer. Mazzucco even agreed to store the boat until Spring.
Unbeknownst to the Buffalo buyer, Mazzucco allegedly went down to the Department of Motor Vehicles and obtained a duplicate boat title, then sold the boat one more time to a man in Penfield for an undisclosed amount of cash.
The Buffalo buyer contacted State Police when he went to pick up his prize and discovered it was missing. State Police in Lyons picked up the case and discovered the fraud. On Monday (8/13) Mazzucco, age 40, residing at 336 East Main Street in Palmyra was arrested for Grand Larceny in the 3rd Degree and Offering a False Instrument for Filing. He was arraigned and remanded to jail on $5000 cash/$10,000 bond.
State Police located the second buyer in Penfield, but he refused to say what he paid for the boat, or its location. According to Wayne County Attorney/Boat enthusiast and Times columnist, Cynthia Kukuvka, the boat belongs to the Buffalo man.
State Police are now investigating whether the Penfield man may be charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property. That would put the onus on him to file suit against Mazzucco to recover whatever he paid for the boat. The other question arose as to whether the Penfield man registered the actual “cash” sales price for the boat, or a lower “cash” price to avoid paying any additional sales tax.
Mazzucco was bailed out on Thursday morning by someone posting the $5000 cash bail.
Neither Mazzucco nor the Penfield man would give police statements.
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