Todd Fitzgerald, Interim Chief of Police
10 Central Street
Manchester by the Sea, MA 01944
For Immediate Release
Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019
Media Contact: Jordan Mayblum
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Manchester-by-the-Sea Police Arrest Woman Who Ran New Hampshire Rental Scam
MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA — Interim Chief Todd Fitzgerald reports that the Manchester-by-the-Sea Police Department arrested a woman in connection with multiple instances of fraud related to a rental property in New Hampshire.
CARRIE KELLEHER, AGE 44, OF MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA was arrested and charged with 13 counts of Larceny Over $250 by False Pretenses.
KELLEHER allegedly engaged in a scheme in which she would rent out a home in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, which belonged to a former business partner and was in foreclosure during the time that the scam was ongoing in 2015 and 2016. In most instances, KELLEHER would rent the home to individuals from all around the country, cancel the reservation days prior to guests’ planned arrival and then failed to deliver promised refunds.
The investigation was conducted as a joint effort by the Manchester-by-the-Sea Police Department and U.S. Postal Inspectors. KELLEHER was arrested this morning and subsequently arraigned in Salem District Court.
“This was a great example of federal and local agencies working together to bring this suspect to justice,” Chief Fitzgerald said. “She victimized numerous people by misrepresenting herself and tricking those victims into paying for a service she could not deliver. I’m grateful for the work of Detective Chris Locke and Sgt. Mark McCoy on this investigation.”
KELLEHER was released on $3,000 bail following her arraignment today. She is due back in court on Nov. 19 for a pre-trial hearing.
These are allegations. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.