Cop Exploits Elderly Inheritance Lawsuit


On Monday night Brad Lown who is a City Councilor stated that Police Chief Stephen DuBois had arrived late for a case that involved the embezzlement of money from an elderly citizen by police sergeant Aaron Goodwin. According to Lown, DuBois did not appear to give evidence because he only had a very small part to play in the incident.

Incident Between Goodwin and Webber

However, this was disputed by Paul McEachern who is the attorney who was involved in the case against Sergeant Aaron Goodwin. Goodwin was guilty of convincing Geraldine Webber to hand over an estate worth more than $2 million.
On Monday Brad Lown requested other councilors to agree to a situation where Stephen DuBois would step down as police chief by the end of the year and include severance pay of three months. DuBois has two years remaining as police chief, but this agreement would be a less costly and awkward way for him to finish in this role.

Lown went on to say that DuBois spent 22 years in the Police Department. He felt that Lown may have made mistakes in the case but could not see evidence of any wrongdoing.

Senior Colleagues Knew About the Incident

On Tuesday McEachern said no reason was given for DuBois not to give evidence for the case between Goodwin and Webber. According to Cory MacDonald who is a former deputy chief, it was understood that DuBois and all of DuBois’s senior colleagues knew about the dealings between Webber and Goodwin as far back as 2011.
MacDonald went on to say that former police chief Lou Ferland, DuBois and three other senior members of the police were aware that Webber was giving the house to Goodwin. He then went on to say that Goodwin would only have contact with Webber in an off-duty capacity. Webber’s contact from the police department was Captain Mike Schwartz.

Nothing Was Done About the Incedent

According to McEachen and Judge Gary Cassavechia, nothing was done by DuBois or his colleagues to come to the aid of Webber. DuBois held the position of deputy chief at the time and even gave Goodwin a promotion.
McEachern then added that DuBois told the press the investigation into the incident was complete and Goodwin was not guilty of any wrongdoing. However, McEachern strongly disagreed with these events.
In 2012 DuBois had written a letter after an inquiry by the Portsmouth Herald indicating that his department had carried out a proper investigation and Goodwin had done nothing wrong.
In June Judge Stephen Roberts headed a City Council funded independent investigation into the incident. They found that Goodwin had broken department rules in his dealings with Webber.
The outcome of this hearing found that DuBois should leave his position according to the separation agreement drawn up. 8.15am on Wednesday is the day set to meet again about DuBois’s separation agreement.

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