October 17 2017

Grand Jury Indicts Three Men for Long Running Scam

By: BNEWS

A grand jury indicted three men for allegedly running a long-time scam in Burlington and other communities.

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan’s office released a number of indictments that were handed down between August 3 and September 20.

 

Included in the indictments for crimes committed in Burlington were:  

 

Robert O’Neil, 70, of Woburn, was charged with larceny over $250 (5 counts), conspiracy to commit larceny, and being a common and notorious thief. The Assistant District Attorneys are Doug Cannon and Cyrus Chung.

Michael MacMillan, 49, of Reading, was charged with larceny over $250 (6 counts), conspiracy to commit larceny, and being a common and notorious thief. The Assistant District Attorneys are Doug Cannon and Cyrus Chung.

Keith Ryan, 44, of Woburn, was charged with larceny over $250 (3 counts), conspiracy to commit larceny, and being a common and notorious thief. The Assistant District Attorneys are Doug Cannon and Cyrus Chung.

 

As reported on BNEWS, in total the defendants allegedly grossed more than $400,000 between 2008 and 2016 through a scam involving “overstocked” televisions.

 

In 2015 Burlington Police Department and the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office began a collaborative investigation to identify the architects of this apparent long running scheme. From 2000 to 2016, the three defendants were allegedly running a continuing scam targeting small businesses by promising to sell a number of large, flat-screen TVs that, due to an overstock of appliances were supposedly being sold privately to special customers at various Sears and Best Buy stores.  

 

As part of this scam, the defendants allegedly cold-called small business owners and pretended to be their normal UPS delivery person and said that their brother, who worked for either Sears or Best Buy, had an overstock of deluxe televisions. They then offered to sell the televisions to the small business at a discount.

 

When the small business owner showed up at the store a runner, pretending to be an employee, would meet them in the parking lot. The victim would hand over the cash payment to the runner, be given a false receipt for the purchase, and told to move their cars to the loading dock while the pretend-employee went inside to bring out the televisions. The runner would enter the store with the cash, leave through another exit and disappear.  No televisions were delivered.

 

The scam was executed at Sears and Best Buy retail department stores located predominantly in regional malls in Massachusetts but also extended into New Hampshire, New York and Maine.


 

 
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