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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Merrimack cops nab Rhode Island suspects in alleged fraud ring

By DEREK EDRY
Staff Writer

MERRIMACK – Two Rhode Island men are accused of participating in an identity fraud scam after they were arrested last Friday in a Merrimack driveway, according to police.

Steven Ferreras Melo, 19, and Christopher Sanchez Sanchez, 21, both of Providence, R.I., were each charged with a felony count of conspiracy to commit identity fraud after their Oct. 7 arrest by the Merrimack Police Department. ...

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MERRIMACK – Two Rhode Island men are accused of participating in an identity fraud scam after they were arrested last Friday in a Merrimack driveway, according to police.

Steven Ferreras Melo, 19, and Christopher Sanchez Sanchez, 21, both of Providence, R.I., were each charged with a felony count of conspiracy to commit identity fraud after their Oct. 7 arrest by the Merrimack Police Department.

Officers responded to Harrington Drive shortly after 1 p.m. following reports of a suspicious vehicle in a driveway around the same time the homeowner received an unknown package that arrived at the address. Inside the package were three Apple iPhone 7s valued at more than $2,000, which the reporting party told police they did not order.

Police were able to locate a vehicle matching the description a short distance from the residence and identified the occupants as Ferraras and Sanchez.

According to police reports, Sanchez admitted he was involved in an identity fraud ring and admitted to being paid $300, which he planned to split with Ferraras, to pick up the cellphones delivered to the address. During booking, Ferraras was found in possession of multiple gift cards, which police said have also been associated with the identity theft ring.

Following their Tuesday arraignment, Ferraras was held on $5,000 cash or surety bail, and Sanchez was held on $10,000 cash-only bail, both at the Hillsborough County prison. Both are scheduled for probable cause hearings Oct. 20 at the Merrimack circuit court.

This incident is one of a pattern of mail fraud and theft incidents in the Merrimack area. As The Telegraph reported on Sept. 30, Merrimack police arrested Charles A. Washington, 21, of Walden, N.Y., who allegedly broke into a home and removed a package that contained a fraudulently issued credit card worth $17,000.

Derek Edry can be reached at 594-6589, dedry@nashuatelegraph.com or @Telegraph_Derek.