Late police officer’s son accused of pension fund theft

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CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (WPRI) — The son of a late Central Falls police officer has been charged with fraudulently continuing to receive his father’s pension fund payments in his mother’s name.

According to Central Falls police, Raymond Haskell Jr. is accused of receiving widow’s fund pension payments on his mother’s behalf, even though she died in May 2014.

Police said the discrepancy was discovered during an audit of the city’s retired police officers’ and firefighters’ pensions last July, following the passage of a new state law requiring public safety pension plans to join the state’s retirement system.

Courtesy of Central Falls Police

In October 2019, the city received a form that was allegedly signed by Laura Haskell, indicating she was still alive and able to receive the pension fund payments, police said.

After tracing the fraudulent payments back to Haskell Jr., investigators believe he fraudulently received $63,479.28 from the city in his mother’s name over the past several years.

Police said Haskell Jr., an attorney, turned himself in Thursday morning. He’s facing multiple felony charges including obtaining money under false pretenses, identity fraud, and forgery. He is also facing a misdemeanor charge of giving false documents to a public official.

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