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Millionaire ex-MIT professor, 75, convicted of staging his own shooting in 2007, now accused of forging son’s will – John Donovan Sr., staged the hit by two Russian assassins to frame same son before the 43-year-old died of cancer

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Ex-MIT professor who staged his own shooting by two Russian hit-men to frame his 43-year-old son before he died of cancer… is now accused of forging Donovan Jr’s will
John J Donovan Sr., 75, was convicted of staging his own shooting in 2007
At the time the millionaire business man allegedly was scheming to gain advantage in a legal battle with his five children over control of trusts reputedly worth $180 million
Donovan Sr  was convicted of filing a false police report and was sentenced to two years of probation
Thursday the former professor was indicted on charges of forging parts of his dead son’s will to gain possession of several properties in Massachusetts
The tech entrepreneur from Hamilton, Massachusetts, altered deeds to take possession of at least four properties from the estate of his youngest son, John Donovan Jr
He’s been indicted by a grand jury in Salem on seven counts of forgery
He’s also charged with attempted larceny, witness intimidation and obtaining a signature by false pretenses

John J Donovan Sr 2John J Donovan Sr [right], who was convicted of staging his own shooting in 2007,  seen at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he used to be a professor

A former professor who was once convicted of staging his own shooting is now accused of forging part of his dead son’s will to gain possession of several properties in Massachusetts.
Tech startup millionaire, John J Donovan Sr., was indicted by a grand jury in Salem on Thursday on seven counts of forgery.
The one time technology professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who built his fortune by starting several technology companies was also charged with attempted larceny, witness intimidation and obtaining a signature by false pretenses.
John J Donovan Sr. was indicted yesterday for allegedly forging part of his dead son’s will to gain possession of several properties in Massachusetts
Prosecutors say Donovan, of Hamilton, Massachusetts, schemed to obtain at least four properties in northeast Massachusetts that had been left by his youngest son, John Donovan Jr.

John J Donovan Jr
John J Donovan Jr [photo], died in died in April 2015 from a rare form of cancer.

Donovan Jr., 43, died in April 2015 after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. He was the owner of the Manchester Athletic Club.
The senior Donovan, 75, is accused of forging his son’s signature to gain title to the property deeds, and of forging a variety of other documents related to his son’s final will.
Authorities began investigating after the local register of deeds raised concerns about the documents in March 2017 and referred the case to the district attorney’s office.
Donovan will be arraigned in Salem Superior Court.

Donovan,  was convicted of staging his own shooting in 2007 outside his business office in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He claimed he was attacked by two Russian hit-men while getting into his car on the night of December 16, 2005. The assassins he claimed, were hired by his son James, while denying he played any role in the shooting..

But disbelieving prosecutors at the time said he shot himself in the stomach and fabricated the story to frame his son. He was accused of masterminding the scheme to gain leverage in a legal battle with his five children over control of trusts that were said to be worth $180 million.
He was convicted of filing a false police report and was sentenced to two years of probation.
John J Donovan Jr, the youngest of his boys, died in died in April 2015 after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. He was the owner of the Massachusetts Athletic Club.

John J Donovan Sr with Sen Ted Kennedy
John Donovan [left], with late Sen Ted Kennedy [D-MA], was accused of crafting the scheme to gain the upper in hand in a legal battle with his five children over control of trusts allegedly worth $180 million.

John J Donovan Sr will be arraigned in Salem Superior Court.

According to a WSJ report, John J. Donovan Sr., a wealthy technology consultant and entrepreneur, called 911 in Dec 2005.
He said he had been shot four times in his car here by two men he believed to be Russians. Mr. Donovan, then 62 years old, survived with minor injuries, thanks, he later said, to a belt buckle that miraculously deflected a bullet.
Donovan Sr, a former professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, had amassed a fortune his lawyers say exceeded $100 million. He told police he suspected his son James, a top money-manager at Goldman Sachs Group Inc., of arranging the shooting, an accusation his son denied.
Goldman Sachs executive, James Donovan was nominated for the No. 2 job in Republican President Donald Trump’s Treasury Department earlier in 2017, but later withdrew from the process, citing personal reasons.

 

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