Contact: Major Todd E. Catlow, Detective Commander Telephone: (401) 444-1005
Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of Public Safety, announces that members of the State Police Detective Bureau, in conjunction with Inspectors from the Rhode Island Department of Corrections, arrested a Security Specialist for the alleged fraudulent conversion of funds belonging to the State of Rhode Island.
On July 11, 2014, Gerald J. Masso, age 53, of 641 Woodward Road, North Providence, Rhode Island was arrested and charged with two (2) felony counts of Fraudulent Conversion.
The investigation by the Detective Bureau began in March after a request by the Director, A.T. Wall of the Rhode Island Department of Corrections (DOC), concerning potential criminal activity uncovered during an internal investigation. Gerald J. Masso is an eighteen (18) year employee of the Department of Corrections and was serving as security specialist for the Department at the time of the investigation which included a review of business records, emails, and computer data. The investigation resulted in the issuance of an arrest warrant for Masso alleging that:
• On or about September 25, 2012, Masso used a DOC credit at a police supply company to purchase personal ammunition valued at $1,553.00, and;
• On or about January 22, 2013, Masso used a DOC credit at the police supply company to purchase personal ammunition valued at $3,128.00.
Masso was arraigned at the Third Division District Court before The Honorable Associate Judge William C. Clifton on the above charge and was released on $10,000 personal recognizance. He is scheduled to appear in Third Division District Court on September 11, 2014 for a pre-arraignment conference.
The penalty for a person convicted of felony fraudulent conversion is a fine of not more than fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) or three (3) times the value of the money or property fraudulently converted, whichever is greater, or imprisonment for not more than twenty (20) years, or both.
Director A. T. Wall stated, "We appreciate the assistance that the Rhode Island State Police have provided by working closely with our Internal Affairs office on this investigation."