Feds Charge Former North Andover Resident with Stealing Social Security Number, ID Theft

A 38-year-old, former North Andover resident was arrested Tuesday and charged with fraudulently using someone else’s Social Security number, possibly since 2009. U.S. Attorney Nathaniel R. Mendell’s office said Angel Manuel German Familia was charged with false representation of a Social Security number and aggravated identity theft. German Familia made an initial appearance before Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge M. Page Kelley. He was held pending a hearing on deportation to the Dominican Republic. According to prosecutors, German Familia applied to renew a driver’s license at the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles in 2016 using the name, date of birth and Social Security number of a U.S. citizen.

Methuen Man Faces Firearms-Related Charges After Mass. Pike Traffic Stop

A 26-year-old Methuen man faces firearms-related charges after a State Police traffic stop on the Mass. Pike in Weston. State Police said Wednesday that Khristopher Hernandez-Jose was arrested June 24, just before 10:30 a.m. when Trooper Jeffrey Lang noticed a grey Nissan Altima “tailgating vehicles, operating erratically and traveling 84 miles per hour in a 65 zone.”

Lang said Hernandez-Jose “displayed confused and anxious behavior,” was not able to clearly say where he was traveling from and could not provide valid paperwork for the rental vehicle he was driving. Hernandez-Jose gave Lang permission to look inside the vehicle. The Methuen man then alerted Lang to that there were four 9mm bullets and a 30 round, 9mm magazine in a gym bag in the rear of the vehicle and, shortly thereafter, made it known there was a firearm in the trunk.

Grand Jury Indicts Former Congressional Candidate ‘Beej’ Das of N. Andover for Campaign Fraud

A former congressional candidate from North Andover was arrested today after being indicted on charges of violating the Federal Election Campaign Act and making false statements. A federal grand jury indicted 47-year-old Abhijit “Beej” Das for accepting excessive campaign contributions; conduit contributions; conversion of campaign funds; engaging in a scheme to falsify, conceal and cover up material facts; and two counts of making a false statement. Das is scheduled to make his initial court appearance today before U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Jennifer C. Boal. “Mr. Das allegedly solicited illegal campaign donations, used the money for his own business expenses and debts, and then attempted to conceal his actions,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Nathaniel R. Mendell,

Joseph R. Bonavolonta, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Boston office said Das allegedly solicited at least $125,000 from friends and family in illegal campaign contributions, “repeatedly dipping into his campaign coffers to pay outstanding debts related to his hotel business, and falsifying campaign finance reports to try and cover his tracks.”  Bonavolonta added Das undertook the actions to “show he was a viable candidate for office.”

Das is CEO of Troca Hotels, a developer of small boutique hotels. One is Stonehedge Hotel and Spa, Tyngsboro.

Haverhill Police Investigate Ward Hill Shooting; Man, 37, Receives Serious Injuries

A 37-year-old Haverhill man suffered a “serious, but non-life-threatening” gunshot wound last Saturday night along the Ward Hill Connector. The unidentified man was taken to a Boston-area hospital after Haverhill Police, Fire and emergency medical services were dispatched around 10:47 p.m., along the Ward Hill Connector and Shelly Road. Haverhill Police said an investigation is underway and ask anyone that may have information to call Detective Matthew Woodman at 978-373-1212.

Haverhill Police, Regional SWAT Team, EMTs Respond to Unspecified Acre Disturbance

Haverhill Police, a regional SWAT team and emergency medical technicians responded to an incident early this afternoon on the edge of the city’s Acre neighborhood. What appeared to be officers of the Special Weapons And Tactics Unit of the Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council, Haverhill patrolmen and Trinity EMS were dispatched around 1 p.m., Friday, to Cedar Street, between Fifth Avenue and White Street. Officers taped off an area of Cedar Street. The SWAT arrived with an armored vehicle, wore protective vests and at least some carried assault rifles. Emergency radio traffic suggests one person was taken to Holy Family Hospital in Haverhill, while an unresponsive individual was taken from White Street to Lawrence General Hospital.

Man Accused of Robbing Haverhill Cannabis Shop Reportedly Gave Himself Away to Police

The man accused of robbing a River Street cannabis shop at gunpoint Wednesday, who was arrested two hours later, lived down the street and briefly got away with about $1,000 and a cannabis product called “Waffle Cone.”

At his arraignment Thursday in Haverhill District Court on an armed robbery charge, Tony Hernandez, 51, of 215 River St., was ordered to face a dangerousness hearing and return to court next Thursday. According to a Haverhill Police reports, patrolmen were dispatched to CNA Stores, 558 River St., at 12:31 p.m., where a “silent panic alarm” had been activated three times. Store employees said Hernandez came in and placed a gun, later identified as a Powerline .177 BB gun, on the counter and demanded to be given access to the store’s rear. Hernandez questioned whether the alarm had been activated and took all of the money from the cash register along with the one-eighth ounce of the Solar brand Waffle Cone. He fled, changing his clothing in an alley.

Judge Sentences Georgetown Woman to 27 Months in Prison for Stealing $419,000

A 46-year-old Georgetown woman was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Boston for embezzling more than $419,000 from her employer. Michelle Higson was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard G. Stearns to 27 months in prison, with five years of supervised release. She was also ordered to pay back the entire amount. Higson pleaded guilty during September 2019 to four counts of bank fraud. In 2013, Higson began working as a part-time bookkeeper for a Wilmington company.

Man Pleads Guilty to Identity Theft After Seeking Driver’s License at Haverhill RMV

A former Lowell man, who was charged with identity theft after trying to obtain a driver’s license at the Haverhill office of the Registry of Motor Vehicles, pleaded guilty this week in federal court. Hector Antonio Cruz Ciprian, a 33-year-old citizen of the Dominican Republic, pleaded guilty to false representation of a Social Security number and aggravated identity theft before U.S. Chief District Court Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 22. Acting U.S. Attorney Nathaniel R. Mendell’s office said Cruz Ciprian used the identification of a U.S. citizen to apply for an out-of-state driver’s license conversion on June 14, 2016.