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Serenity Stealing In Salem

Here is a fun story about an AA out of Salem, Massachusetts:
Landlord of Salem Sober House Jailed

SALEM — The owner of a controversial “sober house” shut down last year by the state over a lack of handicapped access was ordered to serve what had been a suspended 21/2-year jail term for identity fraud yesterday.

Part of the reason: Michael Viola was allegedly again committing identity fraud to pay for the work required to make the Salem Street building handicapped-accessible.

Viola, 47, of Saugus, was found guilty last year of stealing the personal information of the former owners of the building at 17-21 Salem St., in the city’s Point neighborhood, to open credit cards, which he then used to purchase plumbing and other construction supplies for the sober house property, numerous store gift cards, and even flowers for his wife and his girlfriend.

It also appears that Michael V is not only a con-artist and a thief, but he is a bit of a serenity hornet, as well:

Police in Arlington have charged Viola with stealing the identity of a resident there to purchase $2,150 worth of door-opening buttons, Arlington police said yesterday. Viola’s due in Cambridge District Court in January in that case.

He has also been arrested in Revere and Lynn on charges of violating a restraining order and making threats, his probation officer, Patrick Goff, told Judge Robert Brennan yesterday.

Some are sicker than others, you know.