For Immediate Release
June 23, 2022
Michael S. Garrity, Director of Communications
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Geoffrey W. R. Ward, Chief, Criminal Justice Bureau
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Dan A. Jimenez, Assistant Attorney General
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Concord, NH – Attorney General John M. Formella announces Justin Swift, a former Sergeant for the Ossipee Police Department, age 38, of New Durham, New Hampshire, has been indicted by the Merrimack County Grand Jury on one count of misuse of computer or computer network information (RSA 638:17, (IV), (A)), in connection with misusing the State Police Online Telecommunication System on July 9, 2020.
The indictment alleges that Justin Swift queried a number plate through the State Police Online Telecommunication System and made an unauthorized use, display, or copy of the registration information for said number plate.
In addition, two complaints were filed by the Office of the Attorney General charging Justin Swift for class A misdemeanor offenses of Official Oppression (RSA 643:1) and Certification and Records (RSA 260:14 (IX), (a)).
The Official Oppression complaint alleges that Justin Swift, as a public servant, as defined in RSA 640:2, (II), did with a purpose to benefit himself, did knowingly commit an unauthorized act which purported to be an act of his office.
The Records and Certification complaint alleged that Justin Swift knowingly used information from the Department of Safety-Division of Motor Vehicle records for use other than those uses authorized by the Department of Safety.
Mr. Swift will be arraigned at the Merrimack County Superior Court at a later date.
The indictment charges a class B felony which is punishable by a 3½-7 year state prison sentence and a $2,000.00 fine. The class A misdemeanors are punishable by up to 12 months in the House of Corrections.
The charges and allegations are merely accusations, and Mr. Swift is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
This case was investigated by Anna Brewer-Croteau and Assistant Attorney General Dan Jimenez 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.
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