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  • Police: Man arrested for faking death to get out of court date

  • Police arrested a Salem, Mass., man Tuesday who is accused of faking his death to get out of a pending court case.

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  • Police arrested a Salem man Tuesday who is accused of faking his death to get out of a pending court case.
    Local police were searching for Michael Rosen, 42, for about a week. They issued a warrant for his arrest and put the word out they were looking for him.
    Rosen allegedly submitted a false death certificate while posing as his brother.
    Rosen turned himself in on Tuesday after speaking with a Salem detective and was arrested in Beverly, said police Lt. Conrad Prosniewski.
    Rosen was arraigned on Wednesday in Salem, where he pleaded not guilty to two counts of forgery of a document and one count of uttering a false writing. 
    He was also arraigned on two counts of larceny of a credit card and two counts of larceny over $250. These are the two of the charges Rosen was trying to avoid when he falsified his death certificate, Prosniewskisaid.
    Judge Richard Mori assigned $10,000 bail for the forgery counts and $2,500 bail for the two larceny charges, but Rosen was ultimately kept in custody.
    “His bail was revoked due to the open matters,” Prosniewski said, referring to another pending charge of operating after the suspension of a license
    The arraignment was held at Salem District Court, the same place where Rosen allegedly submitted the false death certificate.
    The certificate said Rosen had died the week before. A clerk put the document in Rosen’s file, and the pending case against him was dismissed.
    “The court thought he was dead,” said Prosniewski.
    Rosen, who was on probation for other offenses, was arrested months earlier for driving without a license.
    Sean Whalen, Rosen’s probation officer, learned of the case being dismissed and became suspicious.
    “He was the one who broke this wide open,” Prosniewski said
    Another probation officer noticed the death certificate cited the cause of Rosen’s death as “cardio-respiratory” arrest. The officer, whose mother is a nurse, knew the term normally used is “cardiac-respiratory.”
    The death certificate had no raised seal and was printed on the wrong kind of paper, and it was deemed to be a fake. Saugus was misspelled on the document, as was the cemetery’s name.
    The cemetery, Temple Israel, also confirmed that no one named Michael Rosen was buried there.
    Rosen is due back in court on Sept. 13.
    According the office of Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett, forgery of a document and uttering a false writing carry maximum sentences of two years in the House of Correction or 10 years in state prison. 
    This story contains reporting by WCVB, the Salem Gazette’s news partners. See a photo, video and more at thebostonchannel.com/news/24645946/detail.html.
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