The next NOTFEA conference will be August 24-28, 2014 in Indianapolis, IN. Save the date!
August 29, 2013
Board of Directors and Members
Dear Board of Directors and NOTFEA members throughout;
It is with the highest of honors that I was nominated and confirmed for this year’s Mr. Lance D. Thomas Award! I would like to personally thank the President: Lt. Tony Bartolome; Vice President: Nick Humphrey; Secretary: Holly Merz; Treasurer: Jenny Stanger; Regional Director Northeast: Michael Maggard; Regional Director Midwest: Kim McCluskey; Regional Director South: William “Bill’ Kadlowec; Regional Director West: Chris Rouze; At Large: Ted Hernandez; Major Paul Steier; Michael Domke and the heart and soul of the NOTFEA organization, the many men and woman throughout the United States, the Cops, the Clerks, the Attorneys, the Investigators and all the support personnel that come together to combat odometer fraud.
Thank you beyond words for such a distinguished honor! To be associated in the same light as Lance and all the previously confirmed recipients just blows me away with emotion. This honor has me seriously considering not retiring in December and waiting another year so I can attend the next NOTFEA/MOTFEA conference. Time will tell….
Please convey my heartfelt and sincere appreciation for this high honor to the NOTFEA Board of Directors, Regional Directors and the members throughout the United States. Peace be with all of you and may God guide, guard, direct and protect us all! If any of you are ever in the Kansas City area, my light is on and the door is open, come in and sit a spell. Love you all!
Wendell J. Espeland
The purpose of NOTFEA is to deter odometer, rebuilt/salvage, and other title fraud through: Promoting and encouraging cooperation and fostering a working relationship among law enforcement and consumer protection agencies, licensing and motor vehicle departments, the automotive industry (including manufactures, dealers, leasing companies, and auctions), and individuals interested in deterring such fraud by developing a network of those persons and organizations;
Training NOTFEA members and the public in the detection of altered and counterfeit titles; Developing and sharing investigative information and techniques, prosecutorial documents and techniques, and other educational materials among appropriate members; Monitoring legislation as well as industry and government policies that have an effect on such fraud; and Promoting public awareness of odometer and rebuilt/salvage fraud and its economic impact.
If you have fraud to report please use this link to find out how in your state.
A Message from NOTFEA President Lieutenant Tony Bartolome
The National Odometer and Title Fraud Enforcement Association (NOTFEA), formed in 1980 to protect consumers from costly odometer and title fraud crimes. The Association has active members in every State.
NOTFEA meets once a year, to share new ideas, training and investigative methods, new criminal trends and case prosecution at the State and Federal level.
The General Nature of the Objectives and Purposes of this Association:
- To promote friendship and brotherhood between all those interested in combating odometer and title fraud.
- To establish a minimum working standard, and improve in the prosecution of crimes against odometer and title fraud, thereby rendering better protection to the consumer.
- To coordinate the exchange of techniques in training, detecting, and prosecuting odometer and title fraud.
- To improve the safety of our highways and protect our citizens by the prevention and detection of crime.
- To aid and assist those enforcement agencies who may not be familiar with the laws against odometer and title fraud.
For the protection of our citizens, I challenge you to promote title and odometer fraud enforcement efforts in your jurisdiction. I hope to see you at our next conference.