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July 2, 2013

Former attorney faces federal fraud charges


McBride was disbarred in 2005 as a result of his handling of three separate cases, including one in which he was accused of charging an excessive fee to handle a forfeiture case; another in which he mislead a group of clients about the status of settlement funds, which he had taken for his own use; and a third in which he accepted a fee from a client but then failed to work on his case, leaving the man to serve additional jail time that was later determined to be in error.

The indictments come a little more than a month after McBride admitted to sufficient facts on charges of credit card and identity fraud and that he was illegally practicing law on Martha’s Vineyard after being disbarred, and days before the Supreme Judicial Court is scheduled to hear a formal request by the state Office of Bar Counsel to bar McBride from seeking reinstatement for another eight years.

McBride was temporarily appointed a federal public defender for his court appearance yesterday.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.

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