A federal grand jury investigation into the handling of grants during James P. Jajuga’s tenure as Massachusetts public safety secretary has intensified following the Feb. 17 suicide of Richard St. Louis, a former state employee who received more than $2 million as a consultant from grants approved by his friend Jajuga.
FBI agents late last month obtained hundreds of pages of financial documents from the North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council, the regional organization of about 40 municipal police departments that received a majority of the largest grants awarded during Jajuga’s 16-month tenure, reports the Boston Globe.
The FBI investigation is focusing on Jajuga’s role in approving about $7 million in grants in 2001 and 2002 to law enforcement organizations represented by St. Louis, according to a state public safety official familiar with the investigation.
St. Louis’s clients paid him $2.1 million under the terms of those grants, state records show. St. Louis is described in grant applications and invoices as providing his clients with resource development and grant administration services, according to a Globe review of grant records.
The FBI is trying to determine whether St. Louis’s fees were paid by law enforcement organizations in exchange for getting approval for a grant.
The US Department of Justice funded the grants, which were intended to underwrite law enforcement initiatives.