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Merrimack Valley

April 30, 2014

Ex-officer dies without paying 'Aunt Betty' fraud judgment

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The heirs said Lacey would have never left her estate to Hale, a man she disliked because he badgered her for money.

Hale admitted to cashing $66,000 in pension checks to Lacey and checks written on her Sovereign Bank savings account.

In addition to owning her own home, Lacey also had $170,000 in her savings and checking accounts when she died.

Hale appealed Sahagian’s decision on Lacey’s will to the state Appeals Court. That court also rejected his claim to the will and in its decision said he used “undue influence” on Lacey. In the decision, the appeals court added Hale “appears to have engaged in a broader scheme to misappropriate Lacey’s assets.”

On April 15, Hale was scheduled to be in Lawrence District Court for a probation hearing. When he didn’t show up, a warrant was issued for his arrest. He died the following day. He was 78.

The Wareing and McGuire family already has a $70,000 lien on Hale’s home at 7 Meadow St. in Lawrence. Superior Court Judge Timothy Feeley ordered a $70,000 attachment placed on the home in a 2012 civil action against Hale.

Foreclosure proceedings were also started on Hale’s property for failure to pay a $143,000 mortgage to Deutsche Bank. And the city of Lawrence also has a lien for unpaid taxes on the home, according to Northern Essex Registry of Deeds documents.

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