Victims of two Worcester County lawyers have benefited from a fund that reimburses people whose lawyers have stolen money from them.
During fiscal 2009, the Massachusetts Clients’ Security Board fund awarded $1.3 million to 83 clients whose lawyers had stolen from them, according to Karen D. O’Toole, board assistant counsel.
The largest award, $243,498, went to a trust established by the now-deceased mother of disbarred Southbridge lawyer Adrian Gaucher Jr. After borrowing from the trust for personal needs, he tried to discharge those loans in a personal bankruptcy. The court refused to discharge more than $300,000 of debt and said, “In short, he fleeced his mother out of almost everything she had.”
Also, nine former clients of disbarred Oxford lawyer Raymond A. Desautels received a total of $11,084 in reimbursements.
Disbarred lawyer John D. Roberts Jr. of Dennis misappropriated $137,900 from a trust he served as trustee. He was indicted and convicted of the theft. The board also paid $124,593 to seven clients of disbarred Springfield lawyer David Ryan O’Desky, who was convicted of felony-larceny, and clients of Ronald Gary Pinson of Dorchester received $29,056.
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