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 repayment.
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 County.
"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 victims.
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 ways.
"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.