Andrew E. Lelling

Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Two MCI-Cedar Junction Inmates and Two Family Members Indicted on Drug Charges

BOSTON, Ms. – Two MCI-Cedar Junction inmates, and the wife and mother of one of the inmates, were charged in federal court in Boston in connection with smuggling drugs into the facility. Chad Connors, 42, and William Guillemette, 39, both inmates at Massachusetts Correctional Institute – Cedar Junction (MCI-CJ) in South Walpole, and Lisa Guillemette, … Continue reading Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Two MCI-Cedar Junction Inmates and Two Family Members Indicted on Drug Charges

Massachusetts News: North Adams Man, Anthony K. Deordio Charged with Child Exploitation

BOSTON, Ms. – A North Adams man was charged in federal court in Springfield yesterday with child exploitation offenses. Anthony K. Deordio, 43, was charged with one count of sexual exploitation of a minor, one count of distribution of child pornography, one count of receipt of child pornography, and one count of possession of child … Continue reading Massachusetts News: North Adams Man, Anthony K. Deordio Charged with Child Exploitation

Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Moses Rapoza, Operator of Fall River Glass Company Charged with Failing to Pay Required Employee Taxes

BOSTON, Ms. – The owner of a Fall River-based glass company was charged in an indictment in connection with failing to pay the IRS taxes he withheld from his company’s employees. Moses Rapoza, 83, of Lakeville, was charged in an indictment unsealed today with one count of filing a false tax return and eleven counts … Continue reading Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Moses Rapoza, Operator of Fall River Glass Company Charged with Failing to Pay Required Employee Taxes

Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Nicole Lescarbeau, Former Financial Officer of Non-Profit Charged with Embezzling over $1.3 Million

BOSTON, Ms. – The former financial officer of a Boston-based non-profit was arrested today and charged in connection with a fraud and embezzlement scheme that that netted over $1.3 million dollars. Nicole Lescarbeau, 51, of Canton, was charged in an indictment unsealed today with three counts of wire fraud, five counts of bank fraud, and … Continue reading Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Nicole Lescarbeau, Former Financial Officer of Non-Profit Charged with Embezzling over $1.3 Million

Massachusetts News: Danvers Man, Jose Avila Charged with Participating in Bribery and Kickback Scheme

BOSTON, Ms. – A Danvers man was arrested today and charged in connection with his role in a conspiracy to defraud a large facilities services company with offices in the Greater Boston area. Jose Avila, a/k/a Joe Avila, 64, was charged in an indictment unsealed today with one count of conspiracy to commit honest services … Continue reading Massachusetts News: Danvers Man, Jose Avila Charged with Participating in Bribery and Kickback Scheme

Massachusetts News: Massachusetts Contractor, George Vasiliades Charged with Payroll Tax Crimes

BOSTON, Ms. – An Ipswich man, who is the owner and operator of numerous Massachusetts businesses, was arrested today on charges that he manipulated his payroll to avoid paying taxes. George Vasiliades, 54, was charged in an indictment unsealed today with 17 counts of failure to collect, account for and pay over federal employment taxes; … Continue reading Massachusetts News: Massachusetts Contractor, George Vasiliades Charged with Payroll Tax Crimes

Massachusetts News: Lynn Man, Antonio Niati Arrested and Charged with Bank Fraud

BOSTON, Ms. – A Lynn man was arrested today and charged in connection with a scheme to impersonate bank customers and fraudulently withdraw money from their bank accounts. Antonio Niati, 28, was indicted on one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud. Niati was arrested today and will appear this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge … Continue reading Massachusetts News: Lynn Man, Antonio Niati Arrested and Charged with Bank Fraud

Massachusetts News: BOSTON, John J. Crowley, Chief Financial Officer of Marlborough Business Sentenced for Bank Fraud Conspiracy

BOSTON, Ms. – The chief financial officer of a Marlborough business was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Worcester in connection with a scheme to commit bank fraud. John J. Crowley, 62, of Boca Raton, Fla., was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman to three years of supervised release and ordered to … Continue reading Massachusetts News: BOSTON, John J. Crowley, Chief Financial Officer of Marlborough Business Sentenced for Bank Fraud Conspiracy

Massachusetts News: Lawrence Man, Johnny Urena Sentenced for Interstate Opioid Trafficking Conspiracy

BOSTON, Ms. – A Lawrence man was sentenced in federal court in Boston yesterday for his role in an opioid trafficking conspiracy involving the distribution of fentanyl, heroin, and oxycodone across Massachusetts and Florida. Johnny Urena, 30, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Denise J. Casper to five years in prison and four years … Continue reading Massachusetts News: Lawrence Man, Johnny Urena Sentenced for Interstate Opioid Trafficking Conspiracy

Massachusetts News: Salvadoran National, Melvin Velasquez Indicted for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender

BOSTON, Ms. – A Salvadoran national was indicted yesterday in federal court in Boston for failure to register as a sex offender as required under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). Melvin Velasquez, 34, was indicted on one count of failure to register as a sex offender. Velasquez was charged by complaint in … Continue reading Massachusetts News: Salvadoran National, Melvin Velasquez Indicted for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender

Massachusetts News: South Boston Man, Jomar Ventura Charged with Distributing Heroin and Fentanyl in Public Housing Development

BOSTON, Ms. – A South Boston man was arrested today and charged in federal court in Boston with distributing heroin and fentanyl. Jomar Ventura, 24, was charged with four counts of distribution and possession with intent to distribute heroin and fentanyl. Ventura will appear in federal court later today. According to court documents, Ventura distributed … Continue reading Massachusetts News: South Boston Man, Jomar Ventura Charged with Distributing Heroin and Fentanyl in Public Housing Development

Massachusetts News: South Boston Man, Jermaine Tindal Charged with Being Felon in Possession of Firearm and Ammunition

Defendant allegedly sold a shotgun in public housing development BOSTON, Ms. – A South Boston man was arrested today and charged in federal court in Boston with illegally possessing a firearm and ammunition. Jermaine Tindal, 29, was charged with possessing a firearm and ammunition after being previously convicted of a crime punishable by more than … Continue reading Massachusetts News: South Boston Man, Jermaine Tindal Charged with Being Felon in Possession of Firearm and Ammunition

Massachusetts News: Mexican National, Miguel Angel Torres Morales Indicted on Heroin Trafficking Charges

Law enforcement seized four kilograms of suspected heroin during arrest BOSTON, Ms. – A Mexican national was indicted by a federal grand jury yesterday in connection with drug trafficking activities that resulted in the seizure of approximately four kilograms of suspected heroin. Miguel Angel Torres Morales, 39, was indicted on one count of possession with … Continue reading Massachusetts News: Mexican National, Miguel Angel Torres Morales Indicted on Heroin Trafficking Charges

Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Leader of Lawrence-Based Drug Trafficking Organization Pleads Guilty to Heroin, Fentanyl Charges

BOSTON, Ms. – The leader of a Lawrence-based heroin and fentanyl drug trafficking organization pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Boston in connection with orchestrating a wide-ranging operation that distributed multiple kilos of fentanyl and cocaine to customers in Lawrence and surrounding areas – including New Hampshire and Maine. Juan Anibal Patrone, 28, a … Continue reading Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Leader of Lawrence-Based Drug Trafficking Organization Pleads Guilty to Heroin, Fentanyl Charges

Massachusetts News: Massachusetts State Trooper, Gary Herman Agrees to Plead Guilty in Overtime Abuse Investigation

BOSTON, Ms. – A suspended Massachusetts State Police Trooper has agreed to plead guilty today in connection with the ongoing investigation of overtime abuse at the Massachusetts State Police (MSP). Gary Herman, 45, of Chester, who was previously arrested on June 27, 2018, was charged with one count of embezzlement from an agency receiving federal … Continue reading Massachusetts News: Massachusetts State Trooper, Gary Herman Agrees to Plead Guilty in Overtime Abuse Investigation

Massachusetts News: Rhode Island Man, Michael H. Tran Charged in Million Dollar Embezzlement Scheme

BOSTON,, Ms. – A Rhode Island man was arrested today and charged in connection with a scheme to embezzle over a million dollars from a Massachusetts company. Michael H. Tran, 34, of Woonsocket, R.I., was indicted on one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of wire fraud. Tran was arrested this … Continue reading Massachusetts News: Rhode Island Man, Michael H. Tran Charged in Million Dollar Embezzlement Scheme

Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Robert D. Chain, Grand Jury Indicts California Man for Making Violent Threats Against Boston Globe Employees

BOSTON, Ms. – A federal grand jury has indicted a California man who was previously arrested and charged with making violent threats against Boston Globe employees in retaliation for the newspaper’s editorial response to political attacks on the media. Robert D. Chain, 68, of Encino, Calif., was indicted on seven counts of use of interstate … Continue reading Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Robert D. Chain, Grand Jury Indicts California Man for Making Violent Threats Against Boston Globe Employees

Massachusetts News: East Bridgewater Man, Daniel O’Connor Jr Arrested for Producing Child Pornography

BOSTON, Ms. – An East Bridgewater man was arrested yesterday and charged in federal court in Boston with producing child pornography. Daniel O’Connor Jr., 57, was charged with one count of production/attempted production of child pornography. He appeared in federal court yesterday and was ordered detained pending a detention and probable cause hearing scheduled for … Continue reading Massachusetts News: East Bridgewater Man, Daniel O’Connor Jr Arrested for Producing Child Pornography

Massachusetts News: Worcester Man, Peter Hicks Pleads Guilty to Marriage Fraud

Six women from Sub-Saharan Africa married defendant to gain legal status in U.S. BOSTON, Ms. – A Worcester man pleaded guilty yesterday in connection with entering into six fraudulent marriages in order to evade immigration laws. Peter Hicks, 57, pleaded guilty to one count of marriage fraud. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman scheduled … Continue reading Massachusetts News: Worcester Man, Peter Hicks Pleads Guilty to Marriage Fraud

Massachusetts News: Sturbridge Woman, Tanya Chobot Charged with Government Theft and False Statement

Defendant received benefits designated for a child no longer in her custody BOSTON, Ms. – A Sturbridge woman was charged in federal court in Worcester today in connection with receiving government funds for a disabled child who was no longer in her custody. Tanya Chobot, 31, was charged with one count of government theft and … Continue reading Massachusetts News: Sturbridge Woman, Tanya Chobot Charged with Government Theft and False Statement

Massachusetts News: Fitchburg Man, Marc Merchant Sentenced for Dealing Oxycodone

BOSTON, Ms. – A Fitchburg man was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Worcester for dealing Oxycodone. Marc Merchant, 54, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman to four years in prison and three years of supervised release. In March 2018, Merchant pleaded guilty to three counts of distribution and possession with … Continue reading Massachusetts News: Fitchburg Man, Marc Merchant Sentenced for Dealing Oxycodone

Massachusetts News: Boston Man and Arizona-Based Supplier, Adrian Carlos Maldonado Sentenced for Distributing Methamphetamine

BOSTON, Ms. – A Boston man and his Arizona-based supplier have been sentenced in federal court in Boston for trafficking methamphetamine. Adrian Carlos Maldonado, 38, of Phoenix, Arizona, was sentenced on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, by U.S. Senior District Court Judge Mark L. Wolf to 10 years in prison and five years of supervised release; … Continue reading Massachusetts News: Boston Man and Arizona-Based Supplier, Adrian Carlos Maldonado Sentenced for Distributing Methamphetamine

Massachusetts News: North Attleboro Man, Brian Watkins Charged with “Lie-And-Buy” Scheme

BOSTON, Ms. – A North Attleboro man has been charged in connection with a “lie-and-buy” firearms scheme. Brian Watkins, 51, was indicted on one count of making a false statement during a firearm purchase. Watkins appeared in federal court in Boston yesterday and was released on conditions. According to the indictment unsealed yesterday, on March … Continue reading Massachusetts News: North Attleboro Man, Brian Watkins Charged with “Lie-And-Buy” Scheme

Massachusetts News: Plymouth Man, Joseph Kukstis Pleads Guilty to Cyberstalking Campaign

BOSTON, Ms. – A Plymouth man pleaded guilty today in federal court in Boston to anonymously stalking three women by text message and social media, including one woman he stalked throughout the 14-months that they dated. Joseph Kukstis, 29, pleaded guilty to three counts of stalking by electronic means. U.S. District Court Judge F. Dennis … Continue reading Massachusetts News: Plymouth Man, Joseph Kukstis Pleads Guilty to Cyberstalking Campaign

Massachusetts News: North Dartmouth Woman and Weymouth Man Charged with Drug Trafficking

BOSTON , Ms.– A North Dartmouth woman and a Weymouth man were arrested Saturday and charged in connection with drug trafficking activities involving the shipments of multiple kilograms of cocaine sent through the mail. Cristina Lopez, 43, of North Dartmouth, and John Tavares, 31, of Weymouth, were charged with conspiring to distribute and possess with … Continue reading Massachusetts News: North Dartmouth Woman and Weymouth Man Charged with Drug Trafficking

Massachusetts News: BOSTON, John George Jr, Previously Convicted Former State Representative Sentenced for Obstruction of Justice

BOSTON, Ms. – A former Dartmouth Selectman was sentenced today in federal court in Boston in connection with concealing approximately $2.5 million in cash from the U.S. District Court following his sentencing proceedings in 2015. John George Jr., 71, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Senior Judge Douglas P. Woodlock to five months in prison, … Continue reading Massachusetts News: BOSTON, John George Jr, Previously Convicted Former State Representative Sentenced for Obstruction of Justice