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Victim of alleged swindle by tax assessor says "he's a rat''

Posted by Your Town  May 9, 2011 11:01 AM

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The alleged victim in the case against the Needham tax assessor who is accused of bilking a half a million dollars from her told a television interviewer that he is a "rat.''

"He's a rat. He did a number on me and on my kids,'' the 77-year-old woman said in an interview with WCVB-TV last night.

She said the man, Kevin Foley, was a family friend who offered to do bookeeping for her after her husband died.

"He said he would take over the book keeping. That sound like a pretty good idea to me, having never done it before. It was stupid, really stupid,'' the woman said.

"It was the last person in the world that I thought would do that, because he was being helpful. Little did I realize that he was stealing me blind.''

Foley, 53, the elected town assessor and a longtime firefighter in Needham, pleaded not guilty last week to three counts of “willfully attempt[ing] to evade and defeat the income tax due … by concealing and attempting to conceal from all proper officers of the United States of America his true and correct income.” The indictment alleges Foley failed to pay $115,552 on nearly $500,000 in income between June 2006 and April 2010.

In the indictment, a grand jury charged that Foley withdrew cash from the woman’s bank accounts and purchased money orders for his personal use; endorsed checks drawn from her bank accounts to pay personal expenses including his mortgage; transferred money from her account to his bank accounts; used her ATM card to withdraw money for his own use; and withdrew money from her account to purchase a cashier’s check, which he used to by a boat for himself.

According to Kate Fitzpatrick, the Needham town manager, Foley is suspended without pay as a firefighter. His firefighter salary is $63,133, without overtime.

Needham town clerk Tedi Eaton said Foley will remain as an elected member of the board of assessors unless he resigns or is proven guilty. If he is guilty and incarcerated as a felon, he's no longer a voter under state law, and his position on the board is void.

A phone call to the town clerk's office regarding Foley's salary as a member of the board of assessors was not returned on Monday.

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