Excerpts: Former MIT prof who staged shooting now accused of forgery
- John J. Donovan Sr., a 75-year-old who built a fortune in technology, was indicted by a grand jury in Salem on Thursday on seven counts of forgery, along with other charges including attempted larceny, witness intimidation and obtaining a signature by false pretenses.
- The senior Donovan 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.
- He was found guilty in 2007 of staging his own shooting outside his business office in Cambridge. He said he was attacked by two Russian hit-men while getting into his car on the night of Dec. 16, 2005. He said his son James hired the men and denied any role in the shooting.
- His son James is a Goldman Sachs executive who was nominated for the No. 2 job in Republican President Donald Trump’s Treasury Department earlier this year but later withdrew from the process, citing personal reasons.