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Former MIT Prof Who Staged Shooting Now Accused of Forgery

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    Students walk on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in this Oct. 21, 2015, file photo. The state's Supreme Judicial Court will hear arguments on November 7 in a lawsuit filed against MIT by the family of graduate student Han Nguyen, who killed himself in 2009. The family claims his death was preventable and that the school had a legal duty to act with reasonable care to protect him from harm. The school said it can't be blamed for his death. MIT and 18 other universities are urging the court to reject the family's case.

    A former MIT professor who once staged his own shooting is now accused of forging part of his dead son's will to gain possession of several properties in Massachusetts. 

    Seventy-five-year-old John J. Donovan Sr., of Hamilton, Massachusetts, was indicted Thursday on charges including forgery, attempted larceny, witness intimidation and obtaining a signature by false pretenses. 

    Prosecutors say Donovan forged the signature of his son John J. Donovan Jr. to gain deeds for at least four properties in northeast Massachusetts. 

    Donovan couldn't be reached. It's unclear if he has obtained an attorney. 

    He was found guilty in 2007 of staging his own shooting outside a Cambridge office building to frame a different son involved in a family dispute. 

    Donovan was a wealthy businessman who taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology until 1997. 

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