Former Franklin legislator jailed again in Carroll County


July 02, 2009
OSSIPEE — A former Merrimack County legislator with a lengthy rap sheet was jailed again at the Carroll County House of Correction this week after being charged with three counts of theft from his former employer, Anchor Business Services in Conway.

Conway police arrested Jim Ryan, 51, of 850 White Mountain Highway in Conway, on Friday. Class A misdemeanor charges filed in Northern Carroll County District Court allege that the former Democratic state representative for Franklin stole personal financial files from three of the business' clients on June 15.

Ryan was hit with an additional, unrelated charge on Monday, when an arrest warrant for theft by unauthorized taking was issued out of Concord District Court. According to a statement sent out that afternoon by N.H. Deputy Attorney General Bud Fitch, the Class A felony charge claims that Ryan embezzled more than $11,000 from a Democratic political action committee (PAC), Committee to Elect House Democrats, which he oversaw as co-chairman before his resignation from the Legislature. The theft allegedly occurred between August 2006 and October 2007.

As a member of the N.H. House of Representatives from 2005 to 2008, Ryan served on the House Transportation Committee and was state chairman for Vice President Joe Biden's 2008 presidential campaign. He resigned from his House seat last September when it was revealed that he was hiding a criminal history spanning decades, with financial crime convictions in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

In late August 2008, he was jailed in Ossipee for failing to pay $9,675 in court-ordered restitution stemming from four check forgery charges and two counts of issuing bad checks in 1992. He had already been arrested in May 2007 for failing to make restitution payments—totaling more than $35,000—but was released on $5,000 cash bail.

According to an arrest affidavit in the Conway case, Anchor Business Services owner Richard Goss terminated Ryan from his tax preparation, payroll and bookkeeping service business on June 15 when "he was informed by the Securities and Exchange Commission that Ryan was a convicted felon with a history of embezzlement." Shortly after, Goss noted that a file from an account assigned to Ryan was missing and contacted the Conway Police Department.

The affidavit states that police executed a search warrant and found the file in Ryan's vehicle. When the client was notified, he said Ryan had contacted him a week earlier and "told him that he no longer worked for Anchor Business Services, but was offering his services with his case in lieu of Anchor Business Services," court documents say.

As of Tuesday, Ryan had yet to be released on $10,000 cash bail. Bail conditions set at Ryan's June 29 arraignment mandate that a source of funds hearing be held before he can post bail, and that Ryan must be placed on electronic monitoring if released. He must stay 100 yards away from the Anchor Business Services premises, as well as its clients and employees.

Additionally, Judge Pamela Albee stipulated that Ryan "shall not use any electronic device capable of downloading or uploading data electronically, and he shall not use the Internet either directly or indirectly."

He is due back in Northern Carroll County District Court for a trial on Aug. 25 at 1 p.m.

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