WOBURN- Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan and Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian have announced that Angelo Alberto Riddell, 56, of Cambridge, was arraigned yesterday in Middlesex Superior Court on charges of larceny over $250, money laundering, receiving stolen property, and being a common and notorious thief a year after he allegedly fled the state. Middlesex deputy sheriffs returned the defendant to the Commonwealth over the weekend of December 5.
Clerk Magistrate Michael Sullivan ordered the defendant held in lieu of $100,000 cash bail with conditions that if he posted bail, he check in with probation weekly, not leave the Commonwealth without court permission, and sign a waiver of rendition. The next scheduled hearing is this case is Tuesday, December 29.
“In this case the defendant allegedly partook in a deliberate scheme to defraud Wells Fargo customers, resulting in the theft of nearly $44,000,” stated District Attorney Marian Ryan. “Thanks to the collaborative effort between our law enforcement partners in Florida and Middlesex County, this defendant has been returned to the Commonwealth to stand trial for his alleged crimes.”
“Ensuring fugitives are safely and securely returned to the Commonwealth to answer for their alleged offenses is a key responsibility of our Warrant Apprehension Unit,” said Sheriff Koutoujian. “We worked with District Attorney Ryan’s office to bring this defendant back to Massachusetts in order for the case against him to move forward.”
From January to March of 2014 the defendant is alleged to have stolen nearly $44,000 from seven Wells Fargo Bank customers. The defendant allegedly contacted Wells Fargo on several occasions requesting that new ATM and debit cards be issued to him claiming that he had changed his address. Once he received the new cards, the defendant allegedly made tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of transactions from Cambridge-area ATMs. Cambridge Police arrested the defendant on March 5, 2014 and he was indicted on July 29, 2014. Prior to his August 6, 2014 Superior Court arraignment, the defendant allegedly fled the state. On Monday, November 23, 2015, the defendant was located in Florida and held on a fugitive warrant.
These charges are allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
The prosecutor assigned to this case is Assistant District Attorney Graham Van Epps.