US Attorney Press Release
A Fairhaven man was sentenced on 11/22, in U.S. District Court in Boston for making three false distress calls to the U.S. Coast Guard over the radio.
Roger Martin, 47, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Richard G. Stearns to one year of probation and ordered him to pay $7,182 in restitution to the USCG. In August 2016, Martin pleaded guilty to three counts of sending false distress messages and one count of identity fraud.
Martin, in three separate calls, claimed that he was on a sinking boat in the Cape Cod Canal. He impersonated a resident of Fairhaven, providing a name, street address and, on one occasion, date of birth. Martin had obtained the date of birth through the improper use of a law enforcement database through his former employment as a Bristol Country Sheriff’s dispatcher. In response to the calls, the USCG and local law enforcement expended resources ascertaining that there was no true emergency and attempting to track down the hoax caller.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz, Richard Cox, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Service and Chief Michael Myers of the Fairhaven Police Department, made the announcement. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Giselle J. Joffre of Ortiz’s Major Crimes Unit.
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