ATTLEBORO — A veteran city council member has been indicted on charges of larceny from the retired judge to whom she formerly served as caretaker.
Kimberly Allard, 41, of 12 Slater St., was indicted by a Bristol County grand jury on two counts of larceny from an elder, according to a spokeswoman at Fall River Superior Court. Allard previously was the caretaker for retired Probate Court Judge Edward F. Casey.
Allard had been embroiled in controversy over charges she took advantage of the former judge who bought a house in her name. Charges contained in a civil lawsuit appeared to have been resolved last November through an agreement that provided for her to make payments for the house.
Allard said she has not seen the indictments and looks forward to proving her innocence.
“I was made aware of these charges only yesterday,” Allard told The Sun Chronicle in a telephone interview. “This is the same thing over which accusations have been made in the past. All of this was resloved in November in legal agreements with this family.”
“I look forward very much to the truth coming out and being vindicated.”
However, Bill Bowles, a former city council member and state representative who served as conservator for Casey’s estate, said Allard’s actions harmed the interests of the retired jurist.
“An elderly gentleman with dementia was convinced to purchase a home in Attleboro and he subsequently deeded the home over to Mrs. Allard for $1,” Bowles said in a prepared statement. “The gentleman now lives in assisted living with limited financial options as a result of what occurred. I strongly believe the Bristol County grand jury made the right decision to indict. Mrs. Allard needs to held accountable.”
Bridget Norton Middleton, assistant district attorney for Plymouth County, said the indictments against Allard were for two counts of larceny, one being the house on Slater Street, the other a bank account in excess of $250. The house was purchased for $328,000 according to records on file at the Bristol County Registry of deeds.
The direct indictment was handed down Friday.
The case will be tried by the Plymouth County District Attorney’s office.
An arraignment is scheduled Nov. 1, according to Middleton. An indictment is not a conviction, which requires a trial.
Allard was also the target of a lawsuit filed by Bowles charging that Allard used undue influence with the former judge. That case was later settled.
Greg Miliote, a spokesman for Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter, said it is routine for district attorneys from other counties to work together to try cases in each other’s jurisdiction in order to avoid any appearance of conflict of interest.
Allard, who is running for re-election to an at-large seat on the city council, said she will continue to serve as a council member. The Attleboro city council last year passed an ordinance that would cut off pay and benefits to any elected city official who is convicted of a felony during their term.
The ban would not apply to Allard unless she is convicted of a felony offense.