A Quincy, Massachusetts real estate agent pleaded not guilty on Thursday to nine charges, including money laundering and counterfeiting. According to the prosecution, the theft of $ 800,000 from deposit checks.
Michael P. Flavin pleaded not guilty to two cases of identity fraud, three cases of forgery of a document, and one case of theft over $ 250 each, according to online court records. A Norfolk County grand jury indicted him on Wednesday.
Norfolk Prosecutor's Office spokesman David Traub said Flavin's bail was set at $ 10,000 and he must be fitted with a GPS armband when posting the money.
Flavin's attorney Steven Boozang said Flavin could leave the bail
Assistant District Attorney Philip Burr said in a statement on the case filed with the Norfolk Superior Court that Flavin worked for a real estate agent in Quincy in 2018. He commissioned the sale of several properties owned by the agent even though he did not own or manage them and they were not for sale, and he forged the names of the company's manager in the contracts of sale and purchase, Burr said.
The prospective buyer gave Flavin a $ 80,000 deposit check that Flavin cashed at a check cashing store in South Boston, Burr said.
"Police were notified when the defendant used the identity of a Quincy Fire Department official and changed a Quincy Fire Department inspection certificate to delay the expected property closings," Burr said.
From January 2019 through June 2019, Flavin cashed over $ 800,000 in deposit checks for Quincy real estate to be placed in escrow instead of cashing at the check cashing store in South Boston, Burr said.
"Because the agent was either never hired to sell real estate or was actually working with other legitimate buyers and sellers, the" deposits "made by the defendant were never expected or missed by his employer," Burr said.
Flavin said he had no comment.
Boozang said his client is a dedicated family man.
"They are what they are, simply accusations," Boozang said. "He has been a pillar of the community all his life."
Boozang said they will fight the charges.
"We'll have our day in court," he said.
His next court date is October 21st.