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Accused swindler back in court Aug. 26

HAVERHILL — A 52-year-old Groveland contractor accused of swindling hundreds of thousands of dollars from more than a dozen people in the Boston area is due back in court Aug. 26.

James F. McCarthy has been held in Essex County House of Correction in Middleton after pleading not guilty to 110 charges ranging from larceny to identity theft. He was arrested by Groveland police July 14 on a warrant and for driving with a revoked license.

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Wearing a dark blue T-shirt and handcuffed, McCarthy appeared briefly in court last Thursday for a probable cause hearing before Haverhill District Judge Stephen S. Abany. McCarthy conferred quietly with his lawyer, Scott F. Gleason of Haverhill, but otherwise remained silent. Abany scheduled a status hearing for Aug. 26.

Carrie Kimball Monahan, a spokeswoman for the Essex district attorney’s office, said McCarthy had a bail review hearing last Friday and Essex Superior Court Judge John T. Lu reduced his bail to $7,500. She did not know whether he had posted bail or not. A call to the Essex County sheriff’s office was not returned before presstime.

Gleason did not return several phone calls seeking comment on the case against his client.

Emily Sweeney can be reached at esweeney@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @emilysweeney.
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