Judge questions arrest warrant request in 20-year-old restitution case

By Stephen Betts | Oct 12, 2018

Rockland — A state judge was skeptical Thursday on whether an arrest warrant should be issued for a former Thomaston resident who has failed to repay the former Rockland-Thomaston Chamber of Commerce for money he took 20 years ago while he worked for the organization.

Judge Susan Sparaco repeatedly questioned Deputy District Attorney Jeffrey Baroody about the prosecution's request to issue an arrest warrant for 60-year-old Robert Pedreira. Her questions focused on whether the state believes Pedreira has the ability to repay the money.

Pedreira did bookkeeping for the Rockland-Thomaston Chamber in 1998. He was convicted of misuse of entrusted money and in May 1999 was ordered to make restitution of $2,700.

In April 2008, the District Attorney's Office asked the court to have Pedreira jailed because he was not making payments and still owed slightly more than $2,000 in restitution.

Pedreira sent a letter to the court this month, saying he was released from federal incarceration Sept. 27 and was living in a homeless shelter in Boston. He said he had no money, no ability to pay the restitution, and would not be able to get to the scheduled Oct. 11 hearing at the Knox County Court on enforcing the restitution order.

Baroody maintained that he wanted to pursue the warrant to have Pedreira explain why he had not repaid the money over the past 20 years or the 10 years since the order was filed to have him jailed for non-payment.

Sparaco later signed an order requiring Pedreira to appear for the hearing when it is rescheduled. And absent extraordinary circumstances, an arrest warrant will be issued if he does not appear for the hearing.

Comments (2)
Posted by: Charles Lewis Godfrey | Oct 14, 2018 13:50

This isn't the only place he stole money over the years i knew him 30years ago



Posted by: Lawrence Edward Galkowski | Oct 12, 2018 05:41

What is the point of issuing a warrant? Set an example or teach a lesson? The man is destitute. All branches of government, local, state and federal are out of control. The DA is nuts.

 



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