Man charged with 33 Counts including Fraud, Larceny
DENNIS - Dennis Police charged 28-year-old Michael Moller of Yarmouth Wednesday with 33 counts of fraud and theft following a six-month investigation conducted by Detective Garvin Kelley.
The charges include 1 count of Identify Fraud; 9 counts of Illegal Electronic Fund Transfer; 9 counts of Larceny over $250 and 14 counts of Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card.
The investigation began in May of this year when an elderly disabled female resident of Dennis reported that she was missing a large amount of money from her bank accounts.
Dennis Police say the investigation revealed that the victim, who also suffers from dementia, had been befriended by Mr. Moller in 2005, when he was hired by the victim to move some belongings into a storage facility. At this time it is believed that Mr. Moller acquired access to the victim's biographical and financial information which he used to secure a credit card in the victim's name and have the billing sent to his Yarmouth residence.
Mr. Moller is believed to have used the credit card to charge various items including drywall, tile and masonry supplies from local purveyors, the purchase of a (vacation) airline ticket, parking at Massport facilities and for on-line gambling.
The investigation also revealed that Mr. Moller electronically transferred money out of the victim's account to pay the credit card charges.
In addition to the original victim, others include TD Banknorth; Bank of America; Massport; Jet-Blue; Cape Cod Tile Works and Drywall Masonry Supplies.
Dennis Police assisted by Yarmouth Police and the Barnstable County Sheriff's Bureau of Criminal Identification also executed a search warrant at the suspect's residence this morning.
The total value of the property stolen from the victims is estimated to exceed $20,000.
Mr. Moller was arraigned Wednesday morning in Orleans District Court on the charges. He pled not guilty. He was released on his own recognizance and will next appear in Orleans District Court on December 6th, for a pre-trial conference.
Crash closes Route 6 in Wellfleet
WELLFLEET - A collision between a dump truck and a car Tuesday morning closed down Route 6 near Farrell's Market during the morning commute for about an hour. Police say the car driven by John Wallace collided with the truck driven by Robert Waters about 7:30 a.m. Neither Wellfleet man was injured. The road was closed and traffic detoured while a diesel spill was cleaned up and the crash investigated.
Man arrested at Wellfleet transfer station
WELLFLEET - Wellfleet Police arrested a man on several charges after he allegedly publicly urinated at the town transfer station Tuesday and then started to drive away. Christopher Bakar was to be arraigned in Orleans District Court Wednesday on charges of operating under the influence of alcohol, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, failing to provide identification to police, possession of Klonopin, possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of ammunition.