AVERILL PARK, N.Y. – New York State Police said a number of people
have claimed a Rensselaer County attorney has defrauded them only a week after the woman's arrest.
Marcia Doyle, 49, was arrested last week on one count of Scheming
to Defraud and two counts of Grand Larceny. She is accused of stealing $34,000
from two people in 2011.
Police said Doyle would promise people good investments
with a short turn around and high return, but they never received any
State Police said they have received more than a dozen calls from
people claiming to have been defrauded by Doyle or offering information to
investigators about the case. Senior investigator Robert Stampfli said he has
not worked on a financial defrauding case of this magnitude in Rensselaer
"Since [NEWS10 ABC] aired the initial story of the arrest,
[State Police] had over a dozen people come forward since then, not all of whom
were complainants, some of whom were just giving us information," he said.
"But at least a dozen since then, and although we only laid two charges to
begin with, certainly there was many, many other people out there who were
involved who were either taken for money or had information."
Stampfli said the reason police moved forward with three charges
instead of waiting for more was to hopefully stop more people from becoming
Doyle comes from a well-known family in Rensselaer County. Her
father, William Doyle Jr., was a well-liked attorney up until his death in
2012. Investigators believe it is the family's notoriety that might have
helped Doyle defraud her victims.
Stampfli explained she "was able to gain an amount of trust
that probably the average scammer could not have gained."
State Police Investigators have confirmed there are a large and
growing number of people possibly defrauded by Doyle.
Investigators said Doyle defrauded her victims in a variety of
"The process varied from complainant to complainant, from
victim to victim," Stampfli said.
Doyle's family members, who are still employed at the law firm,
did not want to comment on the case. However, her brother who wished to not be
identified said Doyle left the firm around the same time that their father died
and he hasn't spoken to her in years.
Stampfli said even though his office has received a number of
calls connected to the Doyle case, some people who believe they are a victim of
Doyle's are nervous or embarrassed to speak to authorities.
However, State Police said anyone who thinks they may be a victim
or has information is encouraged to call the Brunswick barracks at (518) 279-4427.
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