LAWRENCE, MA – State Police are searching for a man who didn’t show up for a food stamp fraud and money laundering trial on Thursday in Essex Superior Court.
Martin B. Santiago, 49, apparently cut off his court-ordered monitoring device around 6 a.m. on Thursday. According to a statement from Massachusetts State Police, Santiago was scheduled to begin trial for alleged involvement in a scheme to fraudulently sell food stamps and launder money.
Santiago was arrested in June 2015 and charged with trafficking $1.5 million in EBT benefits at his three store in Lawrence. The statement said the Essex County District Attorney’s office asked for a high cash bail at the arraignment, but bail was set at $75,000 with GPS monitoring.
Santiago is from the Dominican Republic, and is not a U.S. citizen. The photo above is from 2012. Police said he has ties to the Lawrence and Methuen areas, and sometimes goes from Mark Santiago and Martin Billone Santiago.
Anyone with information should call the Massachusetts State Police at 1-800-8873.