BOSTON - A federal indictment has been unsealed charging a Haverhill man with fraud in connection with his attempt to avoid paying his credit card debts.
Mark A. Lizotte, 39, was indicted on multiple counts of mail and wire fraud. The indictment alleges that Lizotte fraudulently attempted to discharge debts he had incurred and remove them from his credit reports by falsely representing to his creditors and credit reporting agencies that he was not responsible for the debts because he was a victim of identity theft. Lizotte allegedly provided the creditors and reporting agencies with phony documentation to support his claims, including fabricated Haverhill Police Department incident reports, a court judgment purportedly issued by the “Hon. Stephen F. Wolf” of the “U.S. District Court of Boston,” and a falsified passport among other fabricated documentation.
If convicted, Lizotte faces up to 20 years in prison to be followed by up to three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Robert Bethel, Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service; and Steven D. Ricciardi, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Secret Service made the announcement today. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lori J. Holik of Ortiz’s Economic Crimes Unit.
The details contained in the indictment are allegations. The defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.