NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — Two people in New Bedford are facing charges after police said they were involved in a fraud scam.
According to detectives, New Bedford police were contacted by representatives of Dell Computers regarding stolen items.
The company told police that Paul Marino, who used multiple aliases, had ordered electronic equipment online several different times. Police said he would then call the company complaining that he received the wrong things or that the equipment was damaged when it arrived at his home.
Police said Dell agreed on several occasions to send replacements if Marino would return the unwanted items. According to Dell, when the returned boxes were received, they contained old computer equipment, pieces of wood, rocks, and Sheetrock.
Police said the total loss to Dell exceeds $30,000 — and includes computer equipment, a 32-inch television, and two 78-inch televisions.
Marino, age 52, used at least four aliases, including his wife’s name, police said. He also used two company names: ABC Roofing and CWD Construction.
On Friday, detectives executed a search warrant at Marino’s Plymouth Street home. Police said Marino was not home, but his wife and five-year-old daughter were.
Police said they seized computer equipment and televisions. A loaded Winchester shotgun with five rounds of ammunition in the magazine and one in the chamber was also located. Marino’s wife, Maureen Egan, age 48, told police the weapon was hers and that she did not have a license to carry.
She was arrested for receiving stolen property, unlawful possession of a shotgun, and failure to secure a firearm. Police said the Department of Children and Families took custody of the child.
Marino turned himself in Friday afternoon, investigators said. He will be arraigned Monday, while Egan is scheduled to be arraigned later in the day Friday.
He is facing six counts of larceny exceeding $250.
Police said Marino is facing charges in an unrelated fraud case as well. He reportedly received $68,000 from a homeowner in New Bedford under CWD Construction for work on a home that was never completed.
According to police, that case is still pending and Marino also have several open cases in Wrentham District Court for similar offenses.