Previously Missing Lowell Insurance Agent Facing Larceny Charges
LOWELL -- The manager of a local insurance agency, who went missing for about two weeks earlier this month before being found, is facing charges for allegedly stealing from a client.
Bryan Provencher, manager of the Provencher Insurance Agency of Lowell on Lakeview Avenue, is charged with two counts of larceny over $1,200 and one count of forgery of a check, according to Meghan Kelly, a spokeswoman for the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.
Provencher, 48, of Hudson, N.H., allegedly cashed a check intended for a new policy with his agency and failed to forward the payment necessary to start the new policy, Kelly said.
“The defendant also allegedly cashed a refund check intended for a client of the insurance agency using a forged signature and did not forward the payment to the client,” Kelly added.
Following his arraignment in Lowell District Court on Aug. 20, Judge Daniel Crane released Provencher on his own recognizance. He is slated to return to court Oct. 10.
Provencher was reported missing earlier this month, after reports that he was last seen on July 31. His cellphone pinged off a cell tower in the Auburn area that night and was then turned off, according to Allison Provencher, Bryan’s wife.
Allison posted about her missing husband on her Facebook page on Aug. 2, receiving roughly 33,000 shares by Aug. 6.
“We all just want him home safely,” she stated on the post.
Roughly two weeks from the date of his disappearance, the 48-year-old was found.
“Thank you everyone for your assistance in locating Bryan Provencher,” Hudson Police wrote in an Aug. 13 Facebook post.
Provencher turned himself in to police after his return.
Rumors of Provencher’s alleged misconduct popped up on social media shortly after reports of the Hudson man’s disappearance.
Due to the negative rumors, Francis E. Provencher Insurance Agency, located on Rogers Street in Lowell, took out an advertisement in The Sun, stressing the agency is not affiliated with Bryan Provencher’s agency.
Francis Provencher, who operates Francis E. Provencher Insurance, said Monday he is related to Bryan, but the insurance agencies have no business ties.
Bryan and Allison Provencher could not immediately be reached for comment.
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