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Stunned, friends rally behind TelexFree cofounder

Family man James Merrill surprises some as alleged co-author of massive fraud

Neighbors knew James Merrill as the guy always playing ball with his kids in the yard or jogging with the family’s rescue dog, Hunter. He coached Little League for years, and provided a well of support for a friend stricken with ALS.

He sometimes had to travel for work, but the Worcester native much preferred being home with his wife of 23 years and their three children.

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