Leominster District Court
Client a 49 year old man from Fitchburg, MA was charged with one count of larceny over $250 by false pretenses.
The alleged victim claimed that the client held himself out as a lawyer and offered to help the victim with some of his legal problems for a fee. The victim claimed that he paid the client $12,000.00 over a period of time and that the client never did anything for the money. The only money the victim could document was $350.00 in Western Union receipts made out to the client. The victim alleged he paid the balance of the $12,000.00 in cash.
The client denied that he ever held himself out as a lawyer. The client merely agreed to help this person with his legal problems and the victim paid the client $350.00 for lost wages the client incurred while helping out the victim.
On the day of trial the alleged victim appeared in Court and Attorney Riddle answered ready for trial. Faced with the difficulty of proving the case the District Attorney’s Office offered to Dismiss the matter.