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September 26, 2013

Former Peabody attorney indicted on theft charges

HAMILTON — A disbarred former Peabody attorney has now been indicted on charges that he stole more than $20,000 in settlement funds for a Hamilton teenager seriously injured when she was struck by a car three years ago.

Mark Cassidy, who also had a practice in Newburyport before he was stripped of his law license earlier this year, is facing two counts of felony larceny in the indictments, handed up Monday by an Essex County grand jury.

An arraignment for Cassidy has been scheduled in Salem Superior Court for Oct. 11, said a spokesman for the Worcester County district attorney’s office, which is prosecuting the case because of a conflict of interest with the Essex district attorney’s office. Cassidy was an assistant district attorney in Essex County for two years in the early 1990s.

Glorie Frackleton was on her way to the Salem train depot and was crossing Bridge Street when she was hit by a passing car in December 2010.

Cassidy took the case on a contingency basis, and the family agreed that he would receive one-third of any judgment or settlement.

The case was settled, but for months Cassidy told the family that the funds were not being released because the family’s own insurance company had a lien on the amount.

Eventually, after several months, the Frackletons contacted the insurance company and discovered that was not true.

They reported the situation to the Board of Bar Overseers.

Two other former clients also reported Cassidy for misuse of funds, including the administrator of an estate, who accused Cassidy of taking some of the assets, and a man who hired Cassidy to handle his divorce, and was unable to obtain a refund when he realized Cassidy had done no work on the case. The indictments do not include those charges.

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

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