December 23, 2015: Joe Brady, 71, of Taunton, Massachusetts, has died as the result of serious personal injuries sustained when he was struck by a motor vehicle driven by Michael Burns, 33, also of Taunton. The accident occurred at approximately 8:30 pm on Saturday, when Brady was crossing Route 27 in Stoughton, returning to a Christmas tree lot he owns.
September 16, 2015: Matthew Roderiques, 24, of Fall River, Massachusetts suffered serious personal injuries and is in critical condition after being struck by a vehicle, late last Saturday night. Roderiques was walking near 491 Reed Road, in Dartmouth, when he was struck by a car driven by a 36 year old woman from Fall River. The driver’s identity has not yet been made public.
November 17, 2014 – Lucille Francoeur, 76, of Warwick, Rhode Island, has died as the result of personal injuries sustained in a head on car accident. Francoeur was a passenger in a car driven by Denise Wilkie, 55, of Little Compton, Rhode Island, whose car collided with a vehicle driven by James Martin, 46, of Provincetown, Massachusetts. The accident occurred at approximately 1:15 p.m. on Saturday on Route 6 in Wellfleet, Massachusetts.
October 31, 2014 – Derek Murphy of Lanesborough, Massachusetts has sustained serious injuries as the result of a car accident involving a dump truck, driven by Michael Biagini of Cheshire. The accident occurred at approximately 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning on Main Street in Dalton.
October 31, 2014 – In April 2014, Massachusetts Secretary of State, William Galvin, filed a complaint against Carlos Wanzeler and James Merrill, alleging that their company, TelexFree, Inc., was operated as a Ponzi scheme. The company operated out of Marlborough and raised almost $1 billion worldwide, which includes over $90 million from Massachusetts residents.
This purported investment fraud primarily targeted Brazilian Americans by selling Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) programs, which provided discount long-distance phone call services. Participants made investments of either $289 or $1,375, which bought them advertisement kits for TelexFree’s VoIP programs. Investors could earn a 200-250% return by placing daily ads online. Members were also paid $100 for recruiting another investor, and up to a 3% commission on their recruits’ sales. This compensation model is similar to a traditional pyramid scheme.
September 24, 2014 – Fidelity Bank in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, has agreed to pay $3.5 million dollars to the Massachusetts Secretary of State’s Office to settle claims that it allegedly allowed TelexFree Inc. to open bank accounts, without properly screening the company. TelexFree was an alleged investment fraud, which purported to sell discount, long-distance phone plans. The company was operated by Massachusetts residents James Merrill and Carlos Wanzeler and primarily solicited Brazilian and Dominican immigrants by selling “accounts” for about $1,400 and paying investors $100 per week to assist with marketing the company. TelexFree raised over $900 million from thousands of investors. The company was started in Brazil and had its U.S. headquarters in Marlborough.
September 3, 2014 – Kerri-Ann Roberto, 33, of Lowell, Massachusetts, has died as the result of serious personal injuries sustained as a passenger in a single car accident. The driver, Frank Orocho, 39, also of Lowell, was injured in the crash. The accident happened at approximately 7:50 a.m. on North Lowell Street in Methuen.