Hingham Woman Pleads Guilty but Avoids Imprisonment for Fraud

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Keegan & Novick, a criminal defense law firm in Boston, MA, helped a Hingham woman avoid a two-year jail sentence after she pled guilty to one of eight criminal counts held against her. The rest of the charges were dismissed.

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The Boston criminal defense law firm Keegan & Novick recently helped a client accused of fraud avoid two years of imprisonment (Plymouth County Superior Court #12-0331). A judge decided last month that the original sentence would be suspended and replaced by two years of probation instead. The client was represented by Attorney Stephen Novick, a criminal defense attorney with the firm. The client was arrested last year when law enforcement received a tip indicating that she used multiple aliases. Since then, she spent approximately a year under house arrest (Plymouth County Superior Court #12-0331).

“She wants to put this behind her and move on,” said attorney Novick, “This is a lady who worked hard her whole life, came into this country in 1973 and has been a U.S. citizen since ’78.” According to Attorney Novick, the woman’s frequent name changes weren’t illegal – they were the result of three past marriages and divorces. “There’s no restitution and there’s no victim,” Said Novick, “She paid all the bills.” Although the woman didn’t indicate whether or not she had plans for the future, Novick said that she was happy with the outcome of the case (Plymouth County Superior Court #12-0331).

“I’m not sure what her plans are,” he continued, “But she’s obviously glad this is over and happy with the outcome. She feels vindicated. She’s 65 years old. There won’t be any problems from her. She had no record…When it was all over, it was a lot about not much.” In fact, Novick even called the initial investigation “misleading” and noted that the woman had simply saved her old drivers’ licenses and passports. In addition to the identity issues, Novick’s client was charged with seven counts of mortgage fraud. All of these charges were dismissed (Plymouth County Superior Court #12-0331).

Attorney Stephen Novick is former police officer and prosecutor. Today, 100% of his legal practice is dedicated to criminal defense. His practice areas include internet crimes, DUI, juvenile crimes, sex crimes, violence crimes, white collar crimes, federal crimes, and a wide variety of other case types. He graduated with a Juris Doctor from New England School of Law. In addition to helping clients in Boston and the surrounding areas, Novick teaches graduate level criminal law classes and criminal justice classes at several colleges and universities in the area. To learn more about Attorney Novick or Keegan & Novick, visit the firm’s website at http://www.criminaldefenselawyerbostonma.com.

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