New HampshireDepartment of JusticeOffice of the Attorney General

News Release

For Immediate Release
June 16, 2022

Michael S. Garrity, Director of Communications | (603) 931-9375

Geoffrey W. R. Ward, Senior Assistant Attorney General
Chief, Criminal Justice Bureau | (603) 271-3671

Zachary C Wolf
Attorney, Public Integrity Unit

Craig A. Come Arrested for Theft by Deception and Official Oppression

Concord, NH – Attorney General John M. Formella announces former Department of Corrections Officer Craig Come, age 34, of Derry, NH was arrested Wednesday on one charge of theft by deception, one charge of attempted theft by deception, one charge of official oppression.

The charges against Mr. Come allege that between November 8, 2019 and May 4, 2020 when he was employed as a Corrections Officer he engaged in the following:

  1. Count 1 Class A Felony Theft by Deception:

    That Mr. Come did pursuant to one scheme or course of conduct, obtained or exercised control over property belonging to the State, falsely claiming on his timecard that he was entitled to payment for various overtime shifts at the New Hampshire State Prison for Men, when he knew in fact, he did not work these shifts, and as a result received payment in excess of $1,500.00.

  2. Count 2 Class B Felony Attempted Theft by Deception:

    That Mr. Come falsely claimed he was entitled to payment for five (5) overtime shifts at the State Prison for Men, when he knew in fact the entries he made on his timecard for them were false, which, under the circumstances as Come believed them to be, constituted a substantial step towards the commission of the crime of theft by deception.

  3. Count 3 Class A Misdemeanor Official Oppression:

    That Mr. Come did as a public servant as defined in RSA 640:2, II, and with the purpose of benefiting himself or another, knowingly committed an unauthorized act which purported to be an act of his office by making fraudulent entries on his timecard for overtime shifts that he did not actually perform in order to obtain additional payroll compensation from the State of New Hampshire.

The class A Felony is punishable by a 7½ to 15 year state prison sentence, and the class B felony is punishable by a 3 ½ to 7 year state prison sentence. Both felonies are also punishable by a $4,000 fine.

Mr. Come will be arraigned in the Merrimack Superior Court on July 7, 2022, at 1:00 pm.

The charges and allegations against Mr. Come are merely accusations, and Mr. Come is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

This case was investigated by John Lannon and Attorney Zach Wolf of the Attorney General Office's Public Integrity Unit. The Public Integrity Unit investigates and prosecutes allegations of criminal conduct committed by state officials and law enforcement agents in the State of New Hampshire.

New Hampshire Department of Justice
1 Granite Place South | Concord, NH | 03301
Telephone: 603-271-3658