Monday, August 21, 2017

AG: Ex-Exeter lawyer financially exploited woman

BRENTWOOD — A Newfields resident and former Exeter lawyer has been indicted on five charges alleging he financially exploited a 71-year-old woman.

Thomas U. Gage, 57, of Newfields, was indicted in Rockingham Superior Court last week on five counts of financial exploitation of an elderly, disabled or impaired adult, the state attorney general’s office announced Monday.

The indictments allege that Gage, through the use of undue influence, acquired possession or control of five credit cards allegedly belonging to the woman. The total amount of the alleged exploitation is $87,165 all between January 2015 and January 2016.

Gage is a former attorney who practiced in Exeter, the attorney general’s press release said. He was disbarred in 2016 for unrelated reasons.

The maximum penalty for each indictment is 7½ to 15 years in state prison and/or a fine of $4,000.

The case is being prosecuted by Brandon Garod, assistant attorney general in the office’s Elder Abuse and Exploitation Unit.

Indictments indicate grand jury found enough evidence to bring the matter to trial.

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1 comment:

Finny said...

A lawyer who exploits an elder also exploits the public trust.