Bar Harbor Veterinarian Found Not Guilty of Elder Theft

Posted by on Oct 3, 2017 in Local News | Comments Off on Bar Harbor Veterinarian Found Not Guilty of Elder Theft

ELLSWORTH, Maine (WAB) – A local veterinarian has been found not guilty of taking advantage of an elderly man when she bought property from him.

A judge in Ellsworth made the ruling today.

Doctor Kathleen Prunier bought land from 85-year-old Richard Royal, who had dementia, in 2014.

Royal died last month.

His family says she purchased the land in Trenton for far less than it was worth.

Prunier, who operates a veterinary clinic in Bar Harbor, bought five acres of property for $4,000.

She said Royal wanted to give her the land, but she insisted on paying.

An appraiser said it was worth nearly ten times that amount.

“I was very happy for Dr. Prunier because I believe that this is a case that she was legitimately given the land or that Mr. Royal wanted to give her the land.”

“It was a hard case and the court indicated that if this was a civil case he might decide that it was a fraudulent real estate transaction.”

Royal’s family says that they plan to file a civil suit.

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