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|THE OFFICE OF MASSACHUSETTS ATTORNEY
GENERAL MARTHA COAKLEY
BILLERICA MAN ARRESTED AFTER FLEEING HIS OWN TRIAL
|State Police locate man found guilty in RMV scheme
CAMBRIDGE - A Billerica man who was convicted at trial in May but fled shortly before
the jury returned its guilty verdict was arrested on Friday night by State Police assigned
to the Attorney General's Office. Michelet Joacine, age 37, is scheduled to be arraigned
tomorrow morning in Cambridge District Court for failure to appear (1 count). Joacine's
arraignment follows his default at his trial in May on charges that he bribed Registry of
Motor Vehicle (RMV) clerks and those bribes were paid in exchange for false Massachusetts
Since his default at trial, State Police assigned to the Attorney General's Office had
been actively searching for Joacine and contacted federal authorities for assistance.
Additionally, the Attorney General's Office received information from the Haitian American
community as to his possible whereabouts. State Police, with the public's assistance as
well as other investigative tools, located Joacine at a Brockton house where he was
arrested without incident Friday night with assistance from the Brockton Police
On May 30, 2007, a Middlesex Superior Court jury deliberated for two hours prior to
finding Joacine guilty of paying bribes (2 counts) and uttering records (2 counts).
Joacine, a native of Haiti, who had posted $40,000 bail, had attended the four previous
days of trial before failing to appear in court on the final day of trial. Middlesex
Superior Court Judge Hiller B. Zobel issued a default warrant for Joacine and ordered the
trial to continue. This morning that default warrant was removed and Joacine was held
without bail pending sentencing, which has yet to be scheduled before the court.
Joacine's trial followed a lengthy investigation in 2004 by State Police assigned to
the Attorney General's Office into allegations that Joacine and two other former temporary
RMV employees were involved in a scheme to accept bribes in exchange for the issuance of
full driver's licenses to people who were not eligible for legitimate licenses.
According to authorities, the two clerks worked at the RMV branch in Melrose, located
at 40 Washington Street and at the Cambridgeside Galleria satellite RMV office during
various periods in 2003. Registry officials detected fraudulent activity by one of the
clerks and initiated an investigation which was then referred to the Attorney General's
office. That investigation found that Joacine recruited clients in need of driver licenses
and then directed them to RMV clerks within the Melrose RMV branch or the Cambridgeside
satellite office. Joacine provided his clients with the forged documents necessary to
obtain their licenses. Clients paid approximately $2,500 to $3,000 to Joacine, who in turn
paid a portion of that money to the clerks. Authorities found that more than 100 licenses
were unlawfully issued in exchange for bribes paid by Joacine.
Today in Middlesex Superior Court, Judge Kenneth Fishman removed the default warrant
against Joacine and ordered him held without bail. Sentencing will be scheduled at a later
date on the charges he was convicted of during his May trial.
A criminal complaint issued has issued charging Joacine with Failure to Appear (1
count). He is scheduled to be arraigned on the charge Tuesday morning in Cambridge
District Court. The case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorneys General Marc Jones and
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