A federal trial jury in Massachusetts on Friday convicted a Springfield, Mass., police officer and another Springfield man of conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering in connection with a real estate fraud scheme. Michael J. Hutchison, 35, and Chester J. Ardolino, 37, each face up to five years in prison a fine of $250,000 for the conspiracy, mail fraud and wire fraud charges, and a fine of $500,000 for the money-laundering charges, according to a U.S. Attorney's office statement. During the trial, the government presented evidence that Hutchison and Ardolino engaged in fraud and money laundering when they purchased property located at 11-15 Belmont Place in Springfield on June 17, 1999. According to evidence presented at trial, in April 1999, Hutchison and Ardolino's ...
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