• Man faces counts of false swearing
    April 25,2014
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    Man faces counts

    of false swearing

    WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — A Rockingham man faces felon charges in connection with a $90,000 fire insurance check issued to his father, who killed himself last summer.

    Christopher Chico, 26, pleaded innocent this week in White River Junction criminal court to two counts of false swearing. He was released personal recognizance.

    Chico’s late father, Gregory, was 48 when he killed himself last August, police said. His home on Route 103 in Rockingham was gutted by fire in July 2011, police said, and he’d had trouble depositing the insurance check because it also needed the signature of his estranged wife.

    Police said the improperly endorsed check was allowed to be deposited at One Credit Union in Springfield in November 2011 based on Gregory Chico’s false statements to bank employees. He immediately withdrew the $90,000 and put it in a different bank, police said.

    The insurance company refused to honor the check, police said, and an employee at One Credit Union was eventually fired for allowing the deposit in violation of policy.

    Christopher Chico’s charges are based on misrepresentations in a sworn statement when he became administrator of his father’s estate, police said.

    He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
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