On Friday, December 30th, 2016 at 12:50 p.m., I, Officer Lorenti, while in full uniform and assigned to area East 2, was dispatched to 40 Union Square, (Citizens Bank), for a report of a person attempting to cash a fraudulent check. Ofc. McCarey, East 3 also responded as back up.
Upon arrival, I was met by the bank manager identified as XXXXX. XXXXX informed me that a female identified as Ms. Toniann Roxton came into the bank to cash a check from a company named Reservoir Wine and Spirits, located in Brighton XXXXX also stated that Reservoir Wine and Spirits only issues checks to other companies that make deliveries to the store. He went on to say that ROXTON did not have an account with Citizens and she just wanted to cash the check that was for the amount of $986.41.
I spoke with ROXTON. ROXTON was asked her to explain her side of the story. She stated that she had found the job on Craigslist, and worked for the company for 2 to 3 weeks. I asked ROXTON who she got the check from, to which she said “A guy named Adam”. When asked how many hours she worked, ROXTON stated over 40, however could not give me an exact number. ROXTON was asked what her hourly rate is. She stated “like $13.50.” I then asked ROXTON what are her hours at the store. She stated 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. I then asked her who signed the check. She stated that she did however the signature she wrote and the signature on her Ma. License did not match.
Ofc. McCarey asked ROXTON if she could describe her job title. At first, ROXTON stated that she does construction work. When asked again, ROXTON stated that she washes dishes for them. Ofc. McCarey also asked if she could describe the building she works at. ROXTON stated that it was a brick building, however when Ofc. McCarey looked up the company it was a concrete building.
I then called Reservoir Wine and Spirits on the phone. I would note that the number is on the check the ROXTON was attempting to cash. I spoke to the store manager, identified as YYYYY. YYYYY stated to me that he did not have an employee named Toniann ROXTON. He went on to say that he has been working in the store for nine years. I asked YYYYY how many hours a part time employee got and he stated 10-25 hours a week. YYYYY was asked what the hourly rate at the store was, to which he stated $10-$11 an hour. When asked what hours are the shifts, YYYYY stated the hours employees work is 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and 4 p.m. -11 p.m. I then asked YYYYY if there was a dishwasher position in the store. He stated, “No, this is a liquor store”. Lastly YYYYY stated that all employees received direct deposit and that it is impossible for an employee to have a live check.
I placed ROXTON under arrest for Forgery, and Uttering. She was transported to the Somerville Police Headquarters via unit 200, operated by Ofc. Marra, and booked by Sgt. Fusco.
Ofc. Alex Lorenti #322
Somerville Police Dept.