For Immediate Release
September 24, 2021
Kate Giaquinto, Director of Communications
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Bryan J. Townsend, II, Assistant Attorney General
Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation Unit
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Kevin Scura, Attorney
Consumer Protection and Antitrust Bureau
Concord, NH – Attorney General John M. Formella announces that the Hillsborough County-Southern District Grand Jury has indicted Dujae Richards, age 29, of Manchester, on eight class A felony counts of identity fraud, one class A felony count of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer, and one class A felony count of fraudulent use of a credit card.
The identity fraud charges stem from allegations that between October 21, 2020, and February 5, 2021, in Nashua, Mr. Richards, with a purpose to defraud, falsely represented himself as another person, T.H. (an elderly adult), to an insurance company, in order to obtain money, credit, or anything else of value. The theft charge stems from allegations that between August 19, 2020, and February 23, 2021, in Nashua, Mr. Richards exercised unauthorized control over more than $1,500 in funds in a checking account belonging to T.H., with a purpose to deprive T.H. thereof. Finally, the fraudulent use of a credit card charge stems from allegations that between August 14, 2020, and October 3, 2020, in Nashua, Mr. Richards utilized a credit card belonging to T.H. in order to take cash advances totaling more than $1,500.
The State is seeking an extended-term of imprisonment on each of the indictments, alleging that Mr. Richards, in committing the crimes, intended to take advantage of T.H.'s age and/or disability that impaired T.H.'s ability to manage T.H.'s property and financial resources, or otherwise to protect T.H.'s rights or interests. Mr. Richards faces up to 10-30 years in the New Hampshire State Prison, and a $4,000 fine, on each of the indictments if convicted.
The charges and accusations against Mr. Richards are merely accusations, and Mr. Richards is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
This matter was investigated by Investigator Anna Brewer-Croteau of the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office, with assistance from the Nashua Police Department, the New Hampshire Insurance Department, and the New Hampshire Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services. The matter is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Bryan J. Townsend, II, of the Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation Unit, and Attorney Kevin Scura of the Consumer Protection and Antitrust Bureau.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of elder abuse or financial exploitation, please contact your local police department or the Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services (1-800-949-0470).
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