Manchester, New Hampshire Man Pleads Guilty to Interstate Transportation of Stolen Check
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Vermont
Burlington, Vermont – The United States Attorney’s Office stated that yesterday Nicholas Melanson, 41, of Manchester, New Hampshire, pleaded guilty in United States District Court for the District of Vermont to one count of interstate transportation of a stolen check. United States District Judge Christina Reiss accepted Melanson’s plea and scheduled his sentencing hearing for April 2, 2024.
During the plea hearing, Melanson admitted to traveling from New Hampshire, where he lived and worked, to the residence of an elderly woman in Windsor, Vermont on five occasions between May 11 and May 19, 2022. Melanson was directed to transport the elderly woman from her Windsor home to one or more banks to conduct transactions, and to obtain checks from her. Two of these checks were payable to Melanson, each in the amount of $25,000. Melanson deposited these checks into his bank accounts in New Hampshire, though ultimately the payments were stopped and any deposits were reversed. Based on Melanson’s personal interactions with the elderly woman, he made various observations about her cognitive limitations, including that he believed she was not able to make informed decisions about large financial transactions without instruction from someone else. The attempted or completed financial transactions that Melanson facilitated or conducted for the elderly woman totaled at least $392,000, though many of the transactions were ultimately stopped or reversed.
Melanson was arrested in connection with this matter on September 29, 2022. He was released on conditions that day and remains on release pending sentencing. Melanson faces a maximum possible penalty of ten years of imprisonment, three years of supervised release, and fines of up to $250,000. The actual sentence will be determined by Judge Reiss with reference to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines and the United States Code.
United States Attorney Nikolas P. Kerest commended the investigatory efforts of the United States Postal Inspection Service, the United States Secret Service, and the Windsor, Vermont Police Department, and he further thanked the Windsor Police Department for its efforts on behalf of the victim in this matter.
Melanson is represented in this matter by Assistant Federal Public Defender Mary Nerino. Assistant United States Attorneys Nicole Cate and Michael Drescher have handled the case for the government.
Since being signed into law, the bipartisan Elder Abuse Prevention and Prosecution Act (EAPPA), the Department of Justice has participated in hundreds of enforcement actions in criminal and civil cases that targeted or disproportionately affected seniors. The Department has likewise conducted hundreds of trainings and outreach sessions across the country since the passage of the Act. Please visit: http://www.justice.gov/elderjustice/.
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Updated October 31, 2023