Former Providence Court clerk arrested for sealing her own family's court cases
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) - A former Providence Superior Court clerk was arrested for three counts of accessing a computer for fraudulent purposes, according to the Rhode Island State Police.
Lynn Gaulin, 51, of Smithfield, was arrested as a result of an investigation into an allegation that she sealed civil court cases involving her or her family members without a judge’s authority.
The allegation accused Gaulin of accessing nine civil court cases while working as a deputy civil court clerk. In all of the cases Gaulin sealed, she was either named as a party, or one of her family members were named as a party in the litigation.
State Police say once a court case is marked sealed, the case is only visible to those with login permissions to view and for those without that permission no portion of the case is viewable, including the involved parties’ names.
Gaulin is due back in court on March 9, 2020.