Police Log: Man Arrested For Passing Bad $3,000 Check

The following arrest information was supplied by the Woonsocket Police Department. An arrest does not indicate a conviction.


On Sept. 7, Woonsocket Police Det. Thomas Gormley was at AJ's Mini Martwhen owner Atoine Elhosri told him about a fraudulent check he received from a customer in April.

Elhosri said that on April 19, Lionel Joseph Martin, 45, of 187 Boyden St., came into his store with a check for $3,000 he said was from an insurance company for an accident claim.Elhosri attempted to deposit the check at Sovereign Bank, and they told him it was a fake. He said he contacted Martin and asked for the money back, but Martin hadn't returned it. He said he didn't want to press charges so long as Martin returned the money. 

Gormley returned to his office and called Martin, who told him he had paid Elhosri $200 toward the theft. Elhosri said Martin had given him $200, but it was for an unrelated personal check.

On Oct. 24, Elhosri called to tell Gormley he wanted to press charges. Gormley took his statement and legal copy of the check from the bank, and a warrant for Martin's arrest was requested.

Martin was arrested Oct. 26 at 3:09 p.m. at the store and charged with obtaining money greater than $1,500 under false pretenses.

Mike L. November 09, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Lionel Joseph Martin= True definition of the word Loser!
English first November 09, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Wow Aj Market can accept a check for 3,000 dollars? Thats a lot of money for a small market.
Jon November 09, 2012 at 02:52 PM
This sounds a lot like AJ's Mini Mart is illegally cashing checks. Any investigation into that?
Local Resident November 09, 2012 at 09:48 PM
While your investigating AJ's about the check...what about lettting people use their EBT cards to purchase ciggarettes? What about selling singles???? Please, how could they cash a check for $3000.00? Have you seen the place? It is a small convience store!!!!
amber lawler November 11, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Wow...Aint you just the city snitch???
Lisa Belanger November 12, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Are you kidding me, do you people realize HOW LONG AJ's has been in business?!? They better have 3000 dollars!! LOL They make a killing!! And, I hate a snitch too, but when you're taking and allowing someone to take food out of a child's mouth to support your bad habits I'd tell it too; especially seeing how my tax dollars are involved as well. I hate system abusers. I hate that kids don't see half of what the state does for them also.
Local Resident November 13, 2012 at 08:38 PM
I may be a snitch in your eyes...what I am is a law abiding citizen.
A November 14, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Or how about the store owners/workers that buy all there stuff with numerous different food stamp cards?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? If they own a store no way should they qualify for food stamps, let alone how are they getting their hands on multiple EBT cards???? Grimey!


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