The Massachusetts State Police posted an SOS alert on their Facebook page this week, after a man from the Dominican Republic cut off his tracking bracelet and skipped out of town.
Martin B. Santiago, 49, is not a U.S. citizen, according to police, but he had three stores in Lawrence, and was arrested in June 2015 for his involvement in a $1.5 million food stamp and money laundering scheme.
He posted a $75,000 cash bail, so authorities put an ankle bracelet on him and turned him loose while awaiting trial.
When he failed to show up for his trial Thursday morning (after almost two years from the time he was arrested), officials discovered he had “forcibly removed his court-ordered monitoring device” at approximately 6:00 am that morning.
Now police are scrambling to find him, and are asking for the public’s help. In the past, he has also used the fraudulent identities of Mark Santiago and Martin Billone Santiago.
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