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Merrimack Valley

January 31, 2014

Disbarred lawyer sent to prison for 3 years

He begs for 'mercy' and apologizes to clients from whom he stole nearly $1M over 4 years

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Attorney General Martha Coakley and Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan spoke of the serious nature and scheme behind Thompson’s crimes.

Thompson “employed a long-term, widespread scheme in which he used his position as a lawyer to deliberately steal more than one million dollars from multiple vulnerable clients. He will now serve time in prison for this theft and deception,” said Coakley in a statement issued last night.

Ryan said Thompson “knew his actions were going to affect families in disastrous ways. He used a position of power to steal from victims who were vulnerable, including the owner of a small grocery store, and working families for whom English was not their native language. With this guilty verdict, Phillip Thompson has been held accountable for his deliberate and deceitful actions.”

This case was prosecuted by Middlesex Assistant District Attorney Elisha Willis, chief of Ryan’s Special Investigations Unit and Assistant Attorney General Andrew Doherty, of Coakley’s Fraud and Financial Crimes Division.

They were assisted by Stephen Bethoney and Kevin Floster of Coakley’s Financial Investigations Division, and Doug Nagengast, financial investigator from Ryan’s office, Megan Murphy and Ashley Cinelli, victim witness advocates in Coakley’s victim services division, and state troopers assigned to Coakley’s office.

Follow staff reporter Jill Harmacinski on Twitter @EagleTribJill.

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