EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

June 21, 2013

Danville man convicted of impersonating lawyer

By Doug Ireland
direland@eagletribune.com

---- — BRENTWOOD — A Danville man already serving up to four years in prison on drug charges will spend an additional one to two years behind bars for impersonating a public defender.

John Bouraphael, 33, was found guilty Wednesday in Rockingham County Superior Court of felony identity fraud, according to County Attorney James Reams.

He was convicted and sentenced by Judge Kenneth McHugh for posing as public defender Anthony Naro.

Bouraphael was an inmate in the county jail when he and girlfriend Shayna Provencal used Naro’s personal identification number to place a call to an inmate at the Merrimack County jail on June 1, 2012, according to indictments.

Investigators later discovered that Bouraphael told a Merrimack County jail official he was Naro and that he and the other inmate were planning how they would take canteen goods from other inmates.

Bouraphael had been awaiting trial in his drug case. Provencal was also charged with identity fraud. Both were indicted by a grand jury in January.

Assistant County Attorney Michael Zaino requested that Bouraphael be sentenced to two to four years on the ID fraud charge, Reams said.

Bouraphael was already serving to 15 months to four years in prison as part of a plea bargain.

He was arrested Dec. 21, 2011, after a former girlfriend told police that Bouraphael, a convicted felon, had numerous guns and she was afraid he would hurt her.

Danville police and the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Task Force searched his home, finding numerous containers of marijuana, scales, money, oxycodone, jewelry, pistols, rifles and a shotgun.

Authorities also searched Bouraphael’s security box at People’s United Bank in Plaistow, finding more than $400,000.

He pleaded guilty to three drug charges and five weapons charges.

He was sentenced on a drug possession charge for having oxycodone and on two marijuana possession charges, including one that involved his intent to sell the drug.

Bouraphael also received a suspended 2- to 4-year prison term on the five counts of being a felon in possession of weapons. He had a felony drug conviction from Haverhill District Court in 2002.