Suffolk County prosecutors are working with the state attorney general’s office as it investigates a Roxbury real estate dealer and two of his sons who are at the center of allegations of fraud and forgery involving numerous properties, according to a spokesman for the district attorney’s office.
Jake Wark said prosecutors began receiving new complaints after the Globe’s coverage of allegations against Rolando Pam and two members of his family. The Globe’s first story last fall about the arraignment of one of his sons, Kyle, was followed by a two-part series earlier this month about a litany of complaints against the Pams, in which they have been accused of trying to illegally obtain more than 20 properties, worth at least $6 million, primarily in Boston’s low-income communities.
The Globe series also focused on the leaders of two charitable nonprofits, Veterans Benefits Clearinghouse Development and Roxbury Action Program, who were involved in questionable deals with the Pams in which they may have squandered about $1 million in profits that should have gone to their missions.
Wark said that his office has been receiving “additional referrals and information,” and it remains eager to hear from anyone with additional complaints involving potential illicit activity related to the Pam family. He urged them to contact his office, the attorney general, local police, or Greater Boston Legal Services.
Wark’s comments come on the same day that Kyle Pam, 28, was arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court on charges that he conned an elderly woman, Peggy Williams, out of her Mattapan home, then pocketed $117,000 in profits.
Pam was arraigned in Boston Municipal Court last November, but had to reappear in Superior Court after a grand jury indicted him on the same charges. He attended court alongside his 56-year-old father, Rolando, the patriarch of the family business.
Pam pleaded not guilty Thursday and was allowed to remain free on $5,000 cash bail he had posted earlier. He and Robert Sheketoff, a prominent Boston defense attorney representing him, declined comment as they left the courthouse.
Andrew Doherty, an assistant district attorney prosecuting the case, told the magistrate that Kyle Pam’s behavior in this case was egregious, not just in the way he took this woman’s home, but that afterward, “he dropped her off at the Pine Street Inn.” Doherty said the victim never received any money from the sale of the house at 67-69 Sanford St.
Doherty also said that Pam, after orchestrating this financial scam through his girlfriend, took the profits and went on a “lavish vacation in Puerto Rico.”
Though Pam and his attorney declined to speak after the arraignment, the father, Rolando, stood in the lobby and spoke angrily to a Globe reporter about its recent stories, saying they had mischaracterized his family. He said they failed to speak about all the family’s good deeds in the community; he maintained that his real estate deals are above board.
“You got the facts wrong,” he told the Globe. “You portrayed us as gangsters.”
In the midst of this conversation, Doherty walked past the lobby area, and Rolando Pam looked toward him shouting: “I want to speak to you!”
Doherty continued toward the exit and shouted back: “I don’t think you want to talk to me.”
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