Fraud Unit Investigates Alleged Elderly Exploitation Case
1/3/2011 12:27 PM
On November 29th 2010 a 75-year-old man reported to the police he was defrauded of approximately $6, 900.00 by a man whom he met and came to trust. The victim reported to Fraud Investigator Martin Swirko he met James Peterson sometime in September when Peterson was going door to door in the victim’s neighborhood offering to do work for homeowners. The elderly victim reported Peterson came to his home and offered to seal his driveway for $200.00. The victim agreed and according to his accounts from that day on Peterson had befriended him.
It was alleged that during the month of October Peterson continued to visit the victim and on thirteen occasions between 09-11-10 and 10-29-10, Peterson convinced the victim to go to the Citizens Bank on Brown Av. and withdraw funds which he then handed over to Peterson as loans. The victim told Det. Swirko he felt sorry for the defendant and wanted to help him and his family out. The victim also reported he wrote a personal check out to Peterson as additional loaned funds.
The elderly victim reported that on October 25th Peterson called him and informed him he had a check and wished to pay him back the loaned funds requesting they meet at the Citizens Bank on Brown Ave. The victim and Peterson went to the bank lobby where Peterson endorsed a check for the victim then placed it in a deposit envelope and thereafter placed the envelope into an ATM, depositing the check into the victim’s account.
It was further reported that on October 27th Peterson again called the victim at his home and asked they meet at this same bank. The victim reported to the Investigating Detective he agreed to meet Peterson at the bank for repayment purposes. During this meeting the victim reported that once again Peterson placed a check in an envelope and thereafter placed the envelope into the victim’s ATM account so that Peterson gave these checks to him to make good on his loans.
The elderly man reported that ultimately both checks from Peterson bounced and as a result he lost a significant amount of money.
Based on the accounts provided by the victim, in addition to conducting further follow-up, Det. Swirko drafted arrests warrants on James Peterson DOB 12-29-84 of 4 Library St. Allenstown, NH. The Manchester District Court thereafter issued an arrest warrant on Peterson for two counts of Issuing Bad Checks. Peterson turned himself in to the police on Dec. 30th and he was released on $3,000.00 personal recognizance bail. He is scheduled to be arranged in the Manchester District Court on Jan. 20, 2011.
Capt. Gerald R. Lessard
James Peterson DOB 12-29-84
4 Library St.