Disbarred Attorney Arraigned in Connection with Stealing Nearly $900,000 From Elderly Client, Estate, and Trust
Maureen F. Pomeroy, age 44, of Bedford, was arraigned on in Middlesex Superior Court on charges of Larceny over $250 from a Person 60 or Older (2 counts), Larceny over $250, and Embezzlement by Fiduciary. Pomeroy pled not guilty and was released on personal recognizance. She is due back in court on June 23 for a pre-trial conference. Clerk Magistrate Michael A. Sullivan presided over the arraignment.
In May 2010, the AG's Office began an investigation into Pomeroy's alleged activities after receiving a complaint from one of her former clients. During the time she practiced as an attorney, Pomeroy specialized in real estate and estate planning, and would routinely draft wills or other financial documents for her clients. According to authorities, one of Pomeroy's clients was an elderly man who had retained her services to prepare a will and other estate planning documents for him, and to assist him in obtaining funds from several bank accounts. Authorities allege that from July 2008 through October 2008, Pomeroy stole over $810,000 from this client. Pomeroy allegedly used these funds for her personal benefit and used some of the elderly client's funds to repay two clients from whom she had earlier misappropriated money.
According to authorities, Pomeroy allegedly defrauded the estate of a man and his son. In October 2007, Pomeroy allegedly attended a closing on the sale of the deceased man's home under a power of attorney and concealed her receipt of over $32,000 of the sale proceeds. In addition, it is alleged that Pomeroy set up a trust for one of the deceased man's adult sons. Pomeroy, who was trustee for the man, allegedly deposited amounts the man received into bank accounts she set up, but withdrew substantial sums (over and above her fees) from the account for her own benefit from January to June 2008. Pomeroy allegedly repaid the estate in September 2008, and also paid over $50,000 from her personal account on the deceased man's son's behalf in October 2008. In each instance she allegedly used funds belonging to the elderly client.
As a result of an investigation conducted by the Massachusetts Office of Bar Counsel, a justice of the Supreme Judicial Court ordered Pomeroy's temporary suspension from practice in October 2009. Pomeroy later resigned, and was disbarred in February 2010.
A Middlesex Grand Jury returned indictments against Pomeroy on March 31, 2011. Pomeroy was arraigned on May 20 in Middlesex Superior Court at which time she entered a plea of not guilty and was released on personal recognizance. Pomeroy will be in court on June 23 for a pre-trial conference. Clerk Magistrate Michael A. Sullivan presided over the arraignment.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Molly Parks, Senior Counsel for AG Coakley's Fraud and Financial Crimes Division, and was investigated by Deputy Director of Financial Investigations Sallyann Nelligan and Investigator Taylor Glynn, also of AG Coakley's Financial Investigations Division.
The AG's new Fraud and Financial Crimes Division will focus on cases of fraud and white collar crimes. These cases include: employee embezzlement; thefts by attorneys and investment advisers; tax fraud; mortgage fraud; and other crimes against companies that impact their financial standing.