Former State Senator and current Worker’s Compensation Judge Cheryl Jacques is scheduled to be arraigned today in Newton District Court on larceny by false pretense charges. Larceny of by false pretenses is where a person relies on the words or representation on another in order to make a decision that is wrong.
Jacques, who is currently a Massachusetts Administrative Law Judge at The Department of Industrial Accidents, is accused of misleading a buyer of a baby crib. Apparently Judge Jacques posted an ad on the popular craigslist site to sell an old pack and play baby crib for $75. The buyer in this case the alleged victim went to the Judge’s home, inspected it and purchased it. One day later the buyer complained that there were pieces missing and filed criminal charges.
A clerk magistrate’s show cause hearing was conducted. That is a preliminary hearing to determine if charges should be issued. After the hearing from both sides the clerk issued the misdemeanor charge.
If convicted Judge Jacques faces a three hundred dollar fine and up to one year in jail. However, the chance of jail in a case like this rather remote.
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