State Police arrest local attorney for fraud

McNeils’ law firm in Johnston

By: Anthony Vega


Twitter: @avegaABC6

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Rhode Island State Police arrested a local attorney after they say he committed bank fraud.

Police say Xtreme Computers, LLC., a check cashing service, filed a fraud complaint back in August 2017.

The company reports that Marcus Crook cashed checks made out to him, belonging to a trust of 38-year-old Attorney Robert McNelis. 

State Police says Xtreme Computers suffered a loss of $7,705.00 and McNelis suffered a loss of $5,138.32.

McNelis was later arrested and accused of directing Crook to cash the checks on his behalf.

McNelis was charged with the following:

  • False Report of a Crime
  • Obstructing a Police Officer
  • Unlawful Appropriation
  • Conspiracy to Commit Unlawful Appropriation
  • Soliciting Another to Commit a Crime—Forgery and Counterfeiting
  • Forgery and Counterfeiting in General
  • Conspiracy to Commit Forgery and Counterfeiting
  • Uttering and Publishing
  • Bail Jumping
  • Bank Fraud
  • Conspiracy to Commit Bank Fraud

He was arraigned in Providence District Court on Wednesday and released on $10,000 personal recognizance.

McNelis is expected to back in court on May 2nd.

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