For Immediate Release - April 25, 2012

Scituate Man Pleads Guilty in Connection with Using Forged Documents from Attorney General and Credit Agency to Obtain Car Loan

DEDHAM – A Scituate man has pleaded guilty and been sentenced in connection with forging 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 64, pleaded guilty on Monday in Norfolk Superior Court on the charges of Larceny by False Pretenses over $250 and Common Law Uttering (3 counts).  After the plea was entered, Judge Kenneth Fishman sentenced Roberts to 2 years in the House of Correction, with the sentence suspended for three years with supervised probation.  Judge Fishman ordered that as conditions of probation, Roberts must report any purchase of $3,000 or more to probation, submit quarterly credit reports to probation, and report every application for credit to probation.  A restitution hearing for Roberts has been scheduled for June 5, 2012. 

“This defendant deceptively claimed that he had been a victim of identity theft and forged documents on Attorney General letterhead and the letterhead of a credit agency in order to back up that fabricated claim,” said AG Coakley.  “It is important that those who forge these types of powerful documents are held accountable for their actions.”

In October 2010, the AG’s Office began investigating Roberts’ 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 told the auto dealership’s business manager that he had been a victim of identity theft.  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 was arraigned on April 20, 2011 in Norfolk Superior Court.  On Monday, Roberts pleaded guilty and was sentenced. 

The case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Andrew Doherty 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.

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