Mass. man wanted for faking death to avoid trial on traffic violationBy AP
Monday, August 16, 2010
Authorities: Mass. man fakes death to avoid trial
SALEM, Mass. — Massachusetts authorities are searching for a man they say faked his death to beat charges of driving without a license. The Gloucester Times reported that 42-year-old Michael Rosen of Salem sent a man to court last week to file a certificate showing that Rosen had died the previous week. Afterward, a judge dismissed the traffic case.
But a suspicious probation officer heard from a colleague in a neighboring town that Rosen had checked in four days after he purportedly died. Additional investigation showed the certificate contained spelling errors in the place of birth, cause of death, and the cemetery. City officials confirmed the document was a fake, lacking a raised seal and printed on the wrong kind of paper.
Rosen now faces additional charges of forgery and counterfeiting.
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