East Rochester Man Sentenced for Defrauding Elderly Family Member
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Hampshire
CONCORD – An East Rochester man was sentenced in federal court for defrauding a 79-year old family member of almost $84,000, U.S. Attorney Jane E. Young announces.
Craig Corriveau, 51, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Samantha D. Elliott to 12 months in prison. Corriveau was also ordered to pay $83,629.69 in restitution to the victim. On December 21, 2022, Corriveau pleaded guilty to wire fraud.
“The defendant targeted an elderly family member, which is particularly insidious,” said U.S. Attorney Young. “The victim and their family placed their trust in Corriveau, and he abused that trust over the course of two years. I thank the Rochester Police Department and FBI for their excellent investigative work in bringing the defendant to justice. Our office will continue to work to protect the elderly population in our communities.”
Between March 2019 and late 2021, the defendant stole approximately $84,000 from the victim and left them with almost $20,000 in credit card debt. He spent more than $31,000 of the stolen funds at a Rochester gun store to purchase ammunition, a knife throwing set, and 32 firearms. He only stopped stealing after he breached the credit limit on the victim’s credit cards and emptied their bank accounts. The defendant lied to the Rochester Police Department by claiming the victim had authorized him to spend the stolen money.
Corriveau used his knowledge of the victim’s personal identifying information to gain access to their bank accounts and credit cards. The defendant set up paperless bank and credit card statements, so the victim was unable to detect the fraud.
The Rochester Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation led the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexander S. Chen prosecuted the case.
If you or someone you know is age 60 or older and has experienced financial fraud, experienced professionals are standing by at the National Elder Fraud Hotline: 1-833-FRAUD-11 (1-833-372-8311). This U.S. Department of Justice hotline, managed by the Office for Victims of Crime, can provide personalized support to callers by assessing the needs of the victim and identifying relevant next steps. Case managers will identify appropriate reporting agencies, provide information to callers to assist them in reporting, connect callers directly with appropriate agencies, and provide resources and referrals, on a case-by-case basis. Reporting is the first step. Reporting can help authorities identify those who commit fraud and reporting certain financial losses due to fraud as soon as possible can increase the likelihood of recovering losses. The hotline is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET. English, Spanish and other languages are available.
More information about the Department’s efforts to help American seniors is available at its Elder Justice Initiative webpage. For more information about the Consumer Protection Branch and its enforcement efforts, visit its website at https://www.justice.gov/civil/consumer-protection-branch. Elder fraud complaints may be filed with the FTC at www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov or at 877-FTC-HELP. The Department of Justice provides a variety of resources relating to elder fraud victimization through its Office for Victims of Crime, which can be reached at https://www.ovc.gov.
Updated April 13, 2023