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Hopkinton Couple Indicted for Multiple Fraud Schemes

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On March 12, Ronaldo Solano, 51, and Adriana Solano, 40, both of Hopkinton, were indicted by a federal grand jury. The US Attorney charged the couple on multiple counts of conspiracy to commit mail, wire, and bank fraud. They were taken into custody on Wednesday, March 20.

The Solano’s are the owners of H&R Roofing, based in Framingham. Between in or about 2012 and 2020, the Solano’s allegedly avoided paying more than $627,000 in workers compensation premiums by falsifying their payroll records and paying workers through a shell company.

The US Attorney also alleges that the couple misused COVID-19 pandemic relief funds. H&R Roofing applied for and received $2 million in federal funds, but then transferred half of it to a jointly-held personal account. They then used $825,000 for a down payment on their home at 35 Wedgewood Drive, which they purchased for $1,700,000 in April 2022. It is alleged that the Solano’s borrowed another $770,500 from a mortgage lender to fund the purchase of the home but did not disclose to their lender that they were using pandemic relief funds for the down payment.

The Solano home at 35 Wedgewood Drive

The charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud carries a sentence of no more than 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss, whichever is greater. The charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud provides for a sentence of no more than 30 years in prison, five years of supervised release and a fine of $1 million or twice the gross gain or loss, whichever is greater. The charges of mail fraud and wire fraud provide for a sentence of no more than 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss, whichever is greater.

Following their release, the couple must adhere to specific conditions: they are prohibited from communicating with the victims, must use their real identities and refrain from engaging in business via shell companies, are required to obey all court directives, and must hand over their children’s passports “as quickly as possible.”

The Solano’s have been removed from the H&R Roofing website.

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