Newburyport man facing 70 charges after N.H. investigation

Coleman McDonough

ATKINSON — A months-long investigation by Atkinson and state police led to the arrest of a Newburyport man Wednesday, when he was charged with 70 criminal offenses, according to a joint statement from investigators.

Police said that Coleman McDonough, 65, used an Atkinson address to register and title dozens of cars belonging to him personally and his business, CP Construction, while he lived in Massachusetts.

McDonough is also accused by police of voting in New Hampshire during the same time period, as well as driving with a suspended license.

The investigation was launched after the Atkinson Town Clerk noticed discrepancies in "vehicles and vehicle numbers listed to an address in town," according to police.

The charges include 16 counts of felony title fraud, driving after suspension, false swearing, 25 counts of unsworn falsification, 25 counts of tampering with public records, a felony count of voter fraud, and misdemeanor voter fraud.

According to police, the investigation continues and is being conducted by Atkinson police Sgt. Nicholas Eddy and Trooper 1st Class Chris Decker of the New Hampshire State Police Troop G Investigations Unit.

McDonough is scheduled to be arraigned Aug. 6 in Rockingham Superior Court.

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