HAVERHILL — A second Laconia man has been indicted by a Grafton County grand jury for his role in the June 2013 theft of a credit card that ended up in the hands of a close family member of a former Tilton police corporal.
Richard A. McNeil, 40, of 18A Charles St. was indicted earlier this week for one count of receiving stolen property – a Lowe’s rebate card that was stolen from a Tilton homeowner by Richard Miner who was working as a subcontractor in the victim’s home.
Miner pleaded guilty in August to one count of receiving stolen property and is incarcerated in the Belknap County House of Corrections.
According to a police investigation conducted by the Merrimack County Sheriff’s Department and the N.H. State Police, McNeil was allegedly a confidential informant for former Detective Matt Dawson of the Tilton Police and was the one who allegedly sold the $2,000 card to one of Dawson’s relatives for $600.
Dawson, according to his statement to Merrimack County investigators, is alleged to have brokered the deal between McNeil and his relative.
Investigators learned McNeil met Dawson’s relative in the parking lot at Chili’s and that McNeil told him the card was for some materials that were returned from a job and that he had already been paid for the job.
The investigation was referred out of Belknap County because of a potential conflict with the Belknap County Sheriff’s Department and the Tilton Police Department.
According to Dawson’s statements to police investigators, the card was used twice by Dawson or his relatives – once in Gilford for a small amount, and once in Littleton for $1,900.
Dawson told investigators he asked McNeil if the card was stolen, but McNeil assured him it was not. McNeil told investigators he really thought the card was legitimate because it was a construction rebate card and Miner was working on a big job.
When Dawson realized his co-workers (one of whom was investigating the theft) learned the card had been stolen, investigators said he admitted his role in the matter to his superiors.
McNeil told investigators that once Dawson learned the card was stolen Dawson called him in an effort to get him to “make it right” by getting Miner to call the homeowner and offer to make him whole.
McNeil told investigators he didn’t know if Miner made the call.
Investigation paperwork shows that during McNeil’s interview with police, he initially hesitated about naming Dawson as the person he called when Miner brought him the credit card.
When investigators asked him if it would help if he knew they had already talked to Dawson, McNeil said, “It would help a lot.”
“After that it was a relief for McNeil because he didn’t want to pinch Dawson on anything because he has done so much for him,” investigators wrote.
McNeil said that after Miner gave him the card — they planned on splitting the proceeds — he called Dawson because he knew he was in the construction business. He reaffirmed to police that Dawson asked him if the card was legitimate.
When police asked McNeil if he thought it was unusual that Miner would give him the card and allow him to sell it for such a small amount of money, McNeil allegedly told them that it wasn’t unusual because Fast Cash would only give him 30 cents on the dollar.
During the criminal portion of the investigation, Dawson was on a paid administrative leave. If there was an internal investigation, the Daily Sun doesn’t know about it, and personnel records are not available under the state’s Right to Know laws.
Dawson returned to work but is no longer a detective corporal. He is a patrol officer.
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