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Fraud suspect makes RI’s ‘Most Wanted’

February 21, 2014

PAWTUCKET — Pawtucket Police are trying a new tactic, the “Rhode Island Most Wanted” network, to track down a man accused of committing fraud against a local funeral home.

Pawtucket Police have posted on the online website that they are looking for Martin “Marty” Szuch, 72, who has addresses in Providence, North Providence and Cranston. Szuch is wanted on a charge of obtaining money under false pretenses in a case that dates back to 2010. He has also allegedly committed similar crimes in the past, police said.

According to Major Arthur Martins, the Merrick R. Williams Funeral Home, on Smithfield Avenue in Pawtucket, had hired Szuch to install a new fire alarm system. Szuch was self-employed, and the name of the company was M & S Comm Fire Alarm Systems.

The owner of the funeral home paid Szuch $27,500 in agreement with a contract they had signed for the work to be completed. Szuch reportedly signed and cashed the checks, but never returned to begin the work.

Martins said police believe Szuch is still in the local area, but he has managed to elude authorities. They recently decided to post to the “Most Wanted” website, which is maintained by the Rhode Island State Police. He is described as 6 feet tall and about 230 pounds, with blue eyes and sandy gray hair. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to call 401-727-9100, ext. 756.

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