releases to the editor
|Want to send this page or a link to a
friend? Click on mail at the top of this window.
|THE OFFICE OF MASSACHUSETTS ATTORNEY
GENERAL MARTHA COAKLEY
BILLERICA MAN SENTENCED TO 19-20 YEARS IN STATE PRISON
FOR ROLE IN RMV SCHEME
|Melissa Sherman (617) 727-2543
BOSTON - Yesterday, a Billerica man was sentenced in connection with bribing Registry
of Motor Vehicle (RMV) clerks in exchange for false Massachusetts driver's licenses.
Middlesex Superior Court Judge Hiller B. Zobel sentenced Michelet Joacine, age 38, to
serve 19 to 20 years in State Prison and ordered him to pay a $10,000 fine. Joacine was
convicted at trial in May but fled shortly before the jury returned its guilty verdict. He
was arrested in June by State Police assigned to the Attorney General's Office and
In 2004, officials at the RMV contacted State Police assigned to the Attorney General's
Office to report fraudulent activity by one of their clerks. State Police commenced an
investigation into the allegations. Authorities found that Joacine recruited clients in
need of driver's licenses and then directed them to RMV clerks within the Melrose RMV
branch or the Cambridgeside Galleria satellite office. Joacine provided his clients with
the forged documents necessary to obtain their licenses. Clients paid approximately $2,000
to $2,500 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
On May 25, 2007, a Middlesex Superior Court jury deliberated for two hours prior to
finding Joacine guilty of paying bribes (2 counts), and uttering false 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. Judge Zobel
issued a default warrant for Joacine and ordered the trial to continue.
After his arrest in June, Middlesex Superior Court Judge Kenneth Fishman removed the
default warrant against Joacine and ordered him held without bail. A criminal complaint
then issued charging Joacine with failure to appear at trial.
Joacine began serving his sentence yesterday. Assistant Attorneys General Marc Jones
and David Waterfall represented the Commonwealth in this matter.
© 1999 - 2007 · Massachusetts Attorney General's Office
|ehaitians.com, the scholarly journal of