For Immediate Release - April 04, 2011

Scituate Man Indicted in Connection with Allegedly Using Forged Documents From Attorney General and Credit Agency to Obtain Car Loan

DEDHAM - A Scituate man has been indicted in connection with allegedly uttering forged documents on letterhead from the Attorney General's Office and a credit reporting agency to fraudulently obtain a car loan, Attorney General Martha Coakley's Office announced today.

Arthur Roberts, age 63, was indicted by a Norfolk County Grand Jury last week on the charges of Larceny by False Pretenses over $250, Uttering a Public Record and, Common Law Uttering (3 counts).

In October 2010, the AG's Office began investigating Roberts' alleged activities after the office received information that Roberts had used fraudulent documents to deceive an auto financing company into approving a loan for him. Investigators discovered that Roberts had a delinquent credit history that at one point caused him to have his motor vehicle repossessed. In an effort to secure a loan for a new car, Roberts allegedly told the auto dealership's business manager that he had been a victim of identity theft. It is alleged that, in order to support his claim of identity theft, Roberts submitted a forged document that purported to be from the AG's Office, as well as two forged letters that appeared to be written by an employee of a credit reporting bureau. These forged documents asserted that Roberts had been a victim of identity theft, and that the respective agencies were investigating the matter. As a result of producing these fraudulent documents, the auto financing company approved Roberts for a loan worth over $22,000 dollars.

On March 30, 2011, a Norfolk County Grand Jury returned indictments against Roberts. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Norfolk Superior Court at a later date.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Jill Ambrose of AG Coakley's Fraud and Financial Crimes Division and was investigated by Financial Investigator Kevin Cwirka of AG Coakley's Financial Investigations Division and State Police assigned to AG Coakley's Criminal Bureau. The AG's new Fraud and Financial Crimes Division will focus on cases of fraud and white collar crimes. These cases include: employee embezzlement; thefts by attorneys and investment advisers; tax fraud; mortgage fraud; and other crimes against companies that impact their financial standing.