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Lawyer fees for forgery dismissed – The Salem Information

SALEM – A judge on Monday dismissed forgery charges against a former Salem man accused of forging his late father’s signature on a deed of transferring property to himself shortly after the older man’s death – Accusations made by the man’s lawyer make no sense as this the property was in foreclosure.

Michael Brophy, an attorney who would lose his license to practice if convicted, was charged by his ex-wife back in 2019.

Theresa Brophy, who was divorcing her husband, told a filing assistant that she had falsely notarized the deed and will and transferred the house at Stearns Place in Salem to Brophy.

Theresa Brophy thereupon admitted sufficient facts on the allegation of violating the notary law. She spent six months on probation and renounced her mandate as a notary.

Michael Brophy said he met with his father at a 99 restaurant before he died to have him sign the certificate.

After a number of delays in the case due to the pandemic, he should be heard in Salem District Court on Monday.

However, neither Theresa Brophy nor the land registry employee appeared to testify.

Prosecutors told a judge that they were not ready to hear the case.

It was released for lack of prosecution.

Brophy’s attorney, John Morris, said he still did not understand why his client, who had nothing to gain from the alleged scheme given the impending foreclosure of his father’s house, was being prosecuted while another attorney, appointed by the State Board of Bar . prosecuted Stephen P. Lovely, the warden who committed similar conduct on a property in Salem, has not been charged.

Morris said he received bank records that he expected the signatures on the allegedly forged documents to be the same as those on documents known to have been signed by Brophy’s father.

Court reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, email jmanganis@salemnews.com, or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis

Court reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, email jmanganis@salemnews.com, or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis

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