- Associated Press - Thursday, September 18, 2014

HAVERHILL, Mass. (AP) - A Haverhill man who ran a restaurant and kitchen equipment supply business has been charged with defrauding his customers, including a church and several immigrants with poor English skills, out of $250,000.

William Griffin was ordered held on $500,000 bail after pleading not guilty Wednesday to charges including several counts of larceny.

Prosecutors say the 47-year-old Griffin may have defrauded dozens of people from across New England, many of whom paid for equipment that was never delivered or were given inferior equipment than what they had ordered. Authorities say he took almost $11,000 from a Maine church for kitchen equipment that has not been delivered.

The Eagle-Tribune (https://bit.ly/1r1SKSE ) reports that Griffin’s lawyer, who represented him for Wednesday’s arraignment only, did not object to the bail conditions.


Information from: Eagle Tribune (North Andover, Mass.), https://www.eagletribune.com

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