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State Police Arrest Providence Man for Obtaining Money Under False Pretenses, Fraudulent Conversion and Forgery

Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent, of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of Public Safety, announces that on October 2, 2013, members of the State Police Financial Crimes Unit arrested Anebal Melo, age 50, of 660 Douglas Avenue, 3rd floor, Providence, Rhode Island for allegedly obtaining money under false pretenses, fraudulent conversion and forgery.

In May 2013 the Rhode Island State Police received a complaint from an individual who alleged that he paid for legal services at a local attorney's office, did not receive the services he paid for and later found that the law office closed.

The investigation by members of the Financial Crimes Unit resulted in an arrest warrant alleging that:

Anebal Melo was employed as a clerk by an attorney who was in the process of closing his office to take a position in the private sector. In February 2012, the victim inquired with Melo about specific legal services he wanted the attorney to perform and Melo quoted a price for those services. The victim gave Melo two checks payable to the attorney totaling $1,500 as payment for the legal services. Melo did not inform the attorney of the victim's request for legal services or that he received the checks from the victim. Melo deposited the checks into his personal bank account by forging the endorsement of the attorney on the checks and later used the funds for his own personal expenses.

Anebal E. Melo was processed at Rhode Island State Police Headquarters and arraigned by Justice of the Peace Connors for Obtaining Money under False Pretenses, Fraudulent Conversion and Forgery. Melo was released on $10,000.00 personal recognizance.

Melo is scheduled to appear in 6th District Court on December 9, 2013 for a pre-arraignment conference.

MEDIA CONTACT: Major Todd E. Catlow, Detective Commander, (401) 444-1006

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Department or agency: Rhode Island State Police


Release date: 10-03-2013

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