Former VT doctor is being sued on the grounds of a fraudulent transfer of his home to help avoid paying the judgment
A former Central Vermont doctor, who was ordered by a federal jury last year to pay $5.25 million to a former patient that he secretly used his own sperm instead of the intended donor, is now being sued on the grounds of a fraudulent transfer of his home to help avoid paying the judgment. Dr. John Boyd Coates III of Shelburne, who had his medical license revoked by the state in February 2022, had initially denied under oath using his sperm, but last March he admitted he had lied. Coates testified the claims by the mother, Cheryl Rousseau now of Florida, were true. Burlington lawyers Celeste Laramie and Jerry O’Neill of Gravel & Shea, on behalf of Rousseau, filed the new lawsuit this week against Dr. Coates, his wife, and a trust created in her name about seven weeks after the jury verdict, U.S. District Court records show. Ownership of their home at 132 Point View Drive was shifted to the Barbara Coates Trust to thwart paying Rousseau, the new lawsuit maintains. The home and the 3.91 aces were assessed at $1,170,800 in 2022, according to Shelburne Town land records. Meanwhile Dr. Coates and his wife, Barbara retain possession and control of the home they had bought in January 2008. The Barbara Coates Trust lists the Shelburne home as its legal address and the couple still reside there, records show.