A disbarred Edgartown attorney has been indicted on federal tax and bank fraud violations. John C. McBride, 64, has been charged with allegedly recording or attempting to record false tax lien releases on properties including his Edgartown home.

Mr. McBride, who lives in Edgartown and Braintree, was indicted June 26 on one charge of endeavoring to obstruct and impede the due administration of the Internal Revenue laws and one charge of bank fraud.


A sophisticated phone fraud scheme which targeted large numbers of Vineyard residents last week, seeking access to their bank details, appears to have fooled very few people and netted little for the perpetrators, Island banks reported this week.

The phone calls, which began on Thursday night, purported to be from local banks, informing customers their bank cards had been suspended. The computer-generated voice on the line asked them to press one to be transferred to the security department, so the card could be re-activated.