Portrait of an alleged scam artist takes shape

Charges against James F. McCarthy of Groveland include larceny and identity theft, as well as operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.
Charges against James F. McCarthy of Groveland include larceny and identity theft, as well as operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.Groveland Police Department

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When Groveland contractor James F. McCarthy showed up at Greg Doyle’s lumber company in Andover last year looking to buy building supplies, Doyle was reluctant to work with him because, he told police later, McCarthy owed him money.

But McCarthy told a sad story about how his daughter had died and promised Doyle he had changed his ways. Doyle took him at his word, and decided to do business with McCarthy one more time. It was a decision he now regrets, according to Groveland police.

Doyle, the president of Doyle Lumber Co., is one of more than a dozen people named in police reports who say they were scammed by McCarthy, a 52-year-old self-employed contractor who has worked at sites all over Greater Boston. McCarthy is accused of swindling hundreds of thousands of dollars from his clients, employees, landlord, former wife, and even his own cancer-stricken daughter, authorities say.

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