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January 11, 2013

Haverhill lawyer admits stealing from deceased mother-in-law

SALEM, Mass. — A Haverhill lawyer admitted this morning to stealing more than a quarter million dollars from two family trusts following the death of his mother-in-law, a crime a judge said violated the integrity of his profession and the trust of the public.

Richard Hayes, 60, received a 2 1/2 year suspended jail term and five years of probation under a plea agreement accepted by Salem Superior Court Judge Robert Cornetta.

He has also agreed to surrender his law license immediately, under the terms of the agreement.

More coming tomorrow in The Eagle-Tribune.

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