Mason Buddy short on court-ordered payment

Mason Buddy, shown here in court on Sept. 22, is short on his restitution payment to Trip Barnes. — Rich Saltzberg

Mason Buddy, who pleaded guilty to stealing from senior citizens in September, appeared remotely in Edgartown District Court Monday for a probation violation hearing. 

Probation Officer Peter Zona told Edgartown District Judge John Julian that Buddy was required to pay $1,500 to a victim, Trip Barnes, within two weeks of a Sept. 22 plea. That plea was for two counts of larceny over $1,200 by a single scheme for rooking an elderly woman named Janet Maine out of roughly $20,000 and stealing a $6,000 antique car from Barnes. Zona told the court Buddy otherwise had adhered to agreed-upon payments. 

Judge Julian told Buddy he was $1,000 short in what he owed to Barnes. Julian appointed attorney Matt Jackson, who previously represented Buddy, to be his lawyer for the probation matter. Judge Julian told Buddy he would need to appear virtually in court on Nov. 15 to address the probation matter with his attorney. If he was able to pay the money due before then, Judge Julian said, that would go a long way toward clearing the matter up. Zona told the court Buddy had made a required $3,500 payment to Maine. Maine, who previously expressed dismay over the damage Buddy had caused her, and who has been a harsh critic of his repayment history, later told The Times she was “quite shocked” to get the agreed-upon lump sum and monthly payments from him. Ahead of the proceeding, Barnes told The Times he remained irate at Buddy and wanted to see him in jail.

Judge Julian told Buddy the violation had the potential to be “very easily resolved.”


  1. Mason Buddy has been compulsive probably for most of his life. He has pretty much been disowned by his family and shunned by those he has bilked.
    Before I first met him in or about 1991, I had been prewarned about his nature, (these were not his first deceptions’), so I kept a keen eye and a sharp ear every time I saw and spoke with him.
    Mason is a very charming person, amicable and cultured. On the outside, he is well dressed, poised, he is from a family of hard working people. After meeting him and having been prewarned, I must say, I thought of him often over the past 30 years when hiring employees or dealing with homeowners and the general public. Since many of our human skills are honed by such people like Mason with our trusts and beliefs in things are more often, to good to be true, we are taken advantage of until we realize that there is no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and we have been deluded to believe in the tooth fairy. But rather than end this post in the negative, I do concede that there are rainbows, there are good puppies, the birds do sing and there are very kind people out there. Yet to trust in those things, remember what your Mom use to say, “always be wary of things to good to be true”, “be kind to others but keep a watchful eye”.

    I hope that Mason in his twilight years gets incarcerated in a nice facility, with three meals a day and a nice slab to sleep on. It’s just too bad that it’s on the taxpayers dime. Basically he’s giving up some major freedoms for the ultimate rip off of the taxpayers dollar, with medical thrown in, until his death. Oh one question tough, where is he getting the money to pay back the deceived people? Is it Social Security money from what he earned with a real job over his life time?

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