Special Investigations Unit

Will Freeman, Acting Chief
781-897-6740

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) investigates and prosecutes white collar crimes and narcotics offenses, including embezzlement, identity theft, fraud, drug trafficking, organized crime, and public corruption.  The team of Assistant District Attorneys, Financial Analysts, Forensic Examiners, Paralegals and State Police detectives conduct lengthy and complex investigations, many involving undercover police officers, the execution of search warrants, computer searches and wire taps.   

Some recent cases include:

  • Commonwealth vs. Lee Unitt.  A legal secretary was sentenced to 8 years in prison for her role in a $1 million embezzlement scheme and larceny from clients.  
  • Commonwealth vs. Peter Limone, et al.  More than 140 indictments were brought against 20 men in connection with their involvement in organized crime activities.
  • Commonwealth vs. John Buonomo.  The former Register of Probate pled guilty to the theft of thousands of dollars of public monies.
  • Commonwealth vs. Richard Stewart and Joseph Falzone.  Two Department of Conservation and Recreation employees pled guilty to the theft of more than 2000 feet of cast-iron coping from the Longfellow Bridge.
  • Commonwealth vs. David Annis.  A Lowell Police officer was found guilty of extortion and other charges.
  • Commonwealth vs. Paul Camilli.  The former Maynard Superintendent of Public Works was found guilty of soliciting cash payments from a private developer in exchange for relaxing the permitting and inspection process for a construction project.
  • Commonwealth vs. Albert Bellamy Lovering.  The defendant pled guilty to charges after stealing over $200,000 from four different victims he met on social dating websites.
  • Commonwealth vs. Arthur Hitchman.  A former Inspector for the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission pled guilty to charges that he used his position of authority to extort money from a business under his jurisdiction.
  • Commonwealth vs. David St. Hilaire.  A Lowell building Inspector was convicted of larceny for inducing his 86-year-old neighbor into signing her home over to him.

Resources

Employee Theft Initiative

Employee Theft: How to Protect Your Business from Embezzlement

Identity Theft Resources

The following resources are provided in order to allow potential victims of identity theft to educate and protect themselves.  The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office does not take responsibility for the content of the following sites.

Identity Theft Resource Center 
http://www.idtheftcenter.org/States/massachusetts.html

Federal Trade Commission ID Theft Website
http://ww.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/idtheft (Home Page)
https://www.identitytheft.gov/ (Tools for Victims; Report ID Theft)

Federal Trade Commission’s ID Theft Hotline
1-877-438-4338 (1-877-ID-THEFT)
TTY: 1-866-653-4261
FTC Publication: Take Charge: Fighting Back Against Identity Theft
http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/idtheft/idt04.shtm

Social Security Administration
http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/idtheft.htm

Free Copy of Credit Report

Annual Credit Report Request Service (Not a Government Agency)
P.O. Box 105281
Atlanta, GA 30348-5281
www.annualcreditreport.com
1-877-322-8228.

Reporting Agencies and Fraud Alerts

You are allowed one free credit report from each agency per year.

TransUnion Corp.
1-800-680-7289
www.transunion.com

Experian (TRW)1
-888-397-3742
www.experian.com

Equifax
1-800-525-6285
www.equifax.com
 

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