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Welfare fraud among recent indictments

MANCHESTER – Several Nashua-area residents charged with various offenses including theft, burglary, forgery and illegal drug possession, plus two cases of welfare fraud, are among the alleged offenders indicted last week by a grand jury for the Northern Division of Hillsborough County Superior Court.

An indictment is not an indication or proof of guilt, but reflects the grand jury’s determination that enough evidence exists for prosecutors to move forward with a case.

Five indictments ranging from being a principal in, or accomplice to, burglary to driving as a habitual offender were handed down against Nashua resident Shane Hirth, 26, of 2 New Haven Drive, Apt. 306.

The burglary charge, a Class A felony, accuses Hirth of breaking into an Amherst manufacturing building while armed with a firearm on Feb. 27.

He was also indicted on one count of forgery, a Class B felony, for allegedly trying to pass a forged check for $2,300 at a Manchester bank; one count of receiving stolen property, a Class B felony, because the check was allegedly stolen; one count of possession of a controlled drug, Class B felony, for allegedly possessing clonazepam, and one count of driving as a habitual offender, both on April 16 in Manchester.

In a companion case, Troy Gagnon, 29, of 13 Stevens Ave., Nashua, was also indicted on one count of principal in, or accomplice to, burglary in connection with the Feb. 27 Amherst incident in which Hirth was indicted.

Also indicted were:

? Monica Oltean, 27, of 25 Woodland Drive, No. 3, Litchfield. One count, welfare fraud, Class B felony, for allegedly misrepresenting the status of the father of her child in order to obtain more than $1,000 in benefits to which she was not entitled, on May 1, 2014 in Manchester.

? Carlos Tetreault, 25, 25 Woodland Drive, No. 3, Litchfield. One count, welfare fraud (principal/accomplice), Class A felony, for allegedly intentionally misrepresenting his relationship with Monica Oltean’s child for the purpose of obtaining public benefits for Monica Oltean, on May 1, 2014 in Manchester.

? Christopher Ouellette, 31, 291 Forest Road, Lyndeborough. Three counts, obstructing a report of a crime or injury; one count, simple assault, all Class A misdemeanors, for allegedly assaulting an 18-year-old male and grabbing, smashing and disconnecting a phone, on Dec. 9 in Lyndeborough.

? Daniel Yeo, 36, 104 Amherst St., Apt. 18, Milford. Two counts, receiving stolen property, Class B felonies, for allegedly selling stolen jewelry worth in excess of $2,000 on Nov. 9, 2014 and March 1 in Manchester.

? Travis Statler, 30, 110 Amherst St., Apt. 14, Amherst. One count of forgery, Class B felony, for allegedly attempting to pass a forged check in the amount of $20 on Feb. 24 in Amherst.

? Edward Rogers, 53, 17 Nottingwood Lane, Apt. 18, Merrimack. One count, theft, Class B felony, for allegedly attempting to steal nine cartons of cigarettes from Family Dollar on Feb. 14 in Manchester, after having been twice convicted of theft.

? Harry Sauve, 35, 10 Griffin St., Merrimack. One count each, possession of controlled drug, subsequent offense, special felony; and falsifying physical evidence, Class B felony, for allegedly possessing cocaine, having been previously convicted of a drug-related crime, and attempting to conceal a bag of white power in his sock to hide it from police, on April 4 in Manchester.

? Erika Carmody, 26, 14R Sanders Road, Hudson. One count, possession of a controlled drug, Class B felony, for allegedly possessing heroin on Feb. 6 in Manchester.

? Megan Southern, 28, last known address 16 Oak St., Nashua. One count, possession of a controlled drug, Class B felony, for allegedly possessing clonazepam on Dec. 23, 2014, in Manchester.

Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-6443, dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com or @Telegraph_DeanS.