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Oct 11, 2016 11:21 AM

2 men arrested in suspected ID fraud ring involving packages in Merrimack


MERRIMACK — Another incident regarding identity fraud has been exposed in Merrimack after a report of a suspicious car located on Harrington Dr. on October 7 at about 1:09 p.m.

READ: NH identity theft ring expected to be operating out of Merrimack

The Merrimack Police Department received a report of a suspicious car in a driveway, but had left before police arrived. The person who reported the incident told police that allegedly a suspicious package had arrived at the home containing three iPhone 7's that were valued at over $2,000.

Police came to learn that the resident of the home on Harrington Drive did not order the phones and that they had been fraudulently ordered and delivered to the home.

Police found the vehicle described in the report near the home. After stopping the vehicle, police learned that there were two men involved.

Steven Ferreras Melo, 19, and Christopher Sanchez Sanchez, 21, both of Providence, RI, were identified as the men in the car. Melo and Sanchez told police that they had been poaid to go to the address and take custody of the fraudulently obtained phones and drive them back to Rhode Island.

Upon further investigation and confirmation of this criminal activity, which is very much similar to numerous mail fraud and theft incidents that had happened in the area recently, both men were placed under arrest. They were both charged with conspiracy to commit identity fraud

After being processed on the charges, Ferreras Melo and Sanchez Sanchez were held without bail and will await arraignment before the Merrimack Circuit Court on October 11, 2016, to answer to the charges.

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