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June 20, 2013

Lawyer disbarred over missing funds

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A Peabody family discovered that the estate of Clarence Nadeau, worth more than $767,000 at the time of his death, had been a frequent source of funds for Cassidy, who, they later discovered, had written 41 checks totaling just under $348,000 to himself.

Another person hired Cassidy last year to handle his divorce and paid him $5,000, but discovered that Cassidy did no work on the case.

The criminal case is being handled by the Worcester district attorney after Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett concluded that he had a conflict of interest due to Cassidy’s stint as an assistant district attorney from 1992 to 1994.

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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