When he was convicted, Judge Mark Wolf told Lopez he was only allowed to leave the state to go to Salem, N.H. to do errands. His expired passport was turned over to the federal probation office in Boston and he was ordered to call the probation office on a daily basis and visit the office weekly pending sentencing.
The M & W Towing scheme involved Lopez purchasing several vehicles at reduced rates and receiving a $4,000 snow plow in exchange for sending an increase in police-ordered tows to M & W from December 2010 to January 2011.
M & W at that time was one of four city companies that towed for the city of Lawrence on a rotating basis. Calixto, who was granted immunity for prosecution in exchange for his testimony against Lopez, said he made roughly $150 for every tow ordered by police.
Also, Mayra Colon, who worked under the table at M & W as Calixto’s secretary, testified last week that after FBI agents started questioning her and others about Lopez, she created a fake receipt showing Lopez paid $4,000 for the snow plow. Colon, who was also granted immunity from prosecution, later told police she fabricated the receipt and made up the payment story.
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