Ex-Lawrence officer dies without repaying money
LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — A retired Lawrence police officer charged with bilking a frail widow out of tens of thousands of dollars has died without repaying the money to her heirs as a judge had ordered.
William Hale Sr. was ordered by a judge in October to pay $70,000 restitution to the heirs of Elizabeth Lacey. But he had not repaid any of the money at the time of his death earlier this month.
Hale, a 33-year police veteran, admitted there were sufficient facts to find him guilty of forging checks and stealing from Lacey after befriending her. Lacey died at age 89 in May 2007.
Bryan Kerman, an attorney representing Lacey’s legal heirs, tells The Eagle-Tribune (http://bit.ly/1iHGYsP) that he is exploring options to recoup the money.
Information from: Eagle Tribune (North Andover, Mass.), http://www.eagletribune.com