CONCORD, NH — A multi-year investigation resulted in voter fraud charges against a businessman with homes in New Hampshire and Massachusetts on Friday.
Richard Rosen, 83, of Washington Street in Belmont, MA, and Route 175 in Holderness, NH, was arrested on a single count of wrong voting, which investigators accused of voting during the November 2016 general election in both states .
Rosen came to the attention of the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office through the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program, a database that tracks potential multiple voter registrations across multiple states. New Hampshire joined the program in 2017.
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Through the database, Rosen was flagged for voting in both states during the 2016 general election, and an investigator began reviewing the ballot papers to confirm this.
During the initial review of the data, the investigator “discovered a pattern in both states dating back to 1996,” including general elections and primary elections. Rosen has been accused of voting in both New Hampshire and Massachusetts for the November 1996, November 2008, November 2012, and November 2016 presidential elections, as well as the November 2010 and November 2014 midterm elections. He also appeared to have voted in the January 2012 New Hampshire presidential primary and the March 2012 Massachusetts presidential primary. Rosen voted in the September 2018 primary in New Hampshire, but not in Massachusetts.
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In June 2020, the investigator called Rosen to question him about the multiple elections, but he denied it, saying, “I don’t vote in both[states]at the same time,” according to an affidavit. In response to further questions, Rosen said he plans to vote in New Hampshire in 2020 but doesn’t remember the exact times he voted in the state. Rosen and the investigator agreed to meet a few days later to discuss his voting history.
Two hours after the call, the investigator received a call from the Holderness town clerk, who accused Rosen of having his name removed from the checklist.
The investigator met with Rosen on June 8, 2020, and he again denied voting in both states at the same time, saying he voted in every state wherever he lived for most of that year, an affidavit said .
accuse ID fraud
During the interview with the investigator, Rosen was also accused of claiming his identity was stolen by a former business partner who stole $100,000 from him in the mid-1990s.
Rosen said he discovered the theft “a few years ago” after filing charges at a hotel in Madrid, Spain, the report said.
But the investigator questioned this and accused Rosen of using different names in the conversation about the alleged ID card thief and also giving different possible addresses for the man and telephone numbers. The affidavit states that he did not report the crimes to any authority. Rosen suggested investigators check his driver’s license, saying it was a picture of the ID thief.
In July 2020, Rosen said he realized he was voting in New Hampshire because he had a mail ballot, and remembers voting in the state through 2018, an affidavit said. The investigator claimed he refused to vote in Belmont between 2004 and 2018 and said he resumed voting in Massachusetts after he began spending more time closer to his doctors.
Rosen said he was “proud” to have voted in New Hampshire because he spent most of his time here and did not contest seven other elections between 2008 and 2016 when he cast ballots in the state, the report said.
Investigators discovered that the identity thief had died in 2011. He asked Rosen why he would say he had been in contact with him “a few years ago” when he was nine years dead.
“Rosen said he thought he last saw (the man) several years ago and he can’t remember now,” the report reads.
The license also included a photograph of what appeared to be roses from decades ago. Rosen said it was from April 2000, the report said, which was confirmed by the NH DMV.
Rosen was also asked to explain further why he would vote by mail in New Hampshire and in person in Belmont in November 2016, but the affidavit said he had no recollection of doing so. Investigators said both Rosen and his wife reported to election officials and then reviewed the process at Belmont after the vote. Rosen said he may have accompanied her but declined to vote, the report said.
The investigator cited a February 2010 article in the Belmont Citizen-Herald in which Rosen ran for school board and said he had lived in the city for 37 years. His campaign finance reports for the election also listed his Washington Street address as his home.
Rosen finished fourth out of four candidates for school board in April 2010.
The investigator also spoke to Rosen’s wife, who confirmed he voted in federal and presidential elections in Holderness and in local elections in Belmont, the report said. When asked if they were both checked into the Belmont polling station in November 2016, “[she]paused and then explained that she got a call from her doctor and that she needed to call me back,” which she never did. wrote the investigator.
A second man accused
In late July 2020, a private investigator hired by Rosen produced a report in which a Cambridge man admitted to voting “three or four times” on Rosen’s behalf, the report said.
The investigator spoke to the man in December 2020. During the call, he admitted to a family member that he voted for Rosen, the report said. When asked for information about the family member, the man said he has not spoken to her and has not had a phone number for her since she moved to Arlington, MA.
However, investigators tracked down the woman in Billerica, MA in January 2021, and she said she had never heard of Rosen and denied that her family member ever admitted to voting on Rosen’s behalf.
An elections official in Cambridge, MA also sent the investigator the man’s election history.
The man registered in October 2011 and voted once – in the local elections in November 2011.
The report says the man also voted once in Malden, MA, in November 2003.
The investigator continued to speak to the man to find out what was going on, and during those conversations he was unable to provide any details about the vote under Rosen’s name. He also denied that Rosen contacted him about the vote on his behalf. According to the report, the man claimed he found out about the whole affair from Rosen’s butler.
The man “initially agreed to appear before a Grafton County investigative grand jury,” but then declined once a date was set, the report said.
A warrant was later filed for Rosen’s arrest and he was arrested on Friday.
Rosen is an engineer and entrepreneur, according to his LinkedIn account and previous interviews. He is currently CEO of American Ag Energy, a company that helped build high-tech greenhouses for growing lettuce and tomatoes. One of the greenhouses was recently completed in Berlin, after five years and a $25 million federal loan.
The businessman faces three-and-a-half to seven years in prison and a fine of up to $2,000 if convicted. He will also lose any chance of ever voting in New Hampshire again. Rosen is scheduled to be arraigned December 21 in Merrimack County Superior Court in Concord, New Hampshire.
Rosen’s voter registration affiliation was not available at post time because the Belmont town clerk’s office was closed at 12:00 p.m.
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