Ex-MA Probation Commissioner Indicted on Corruption Charges


Ex-Massachusetts Probation Commissioner John O'Brien's corruption indictment was the result of his refusal to testify against elected politicians, his attorney, Paul Flavin, tells the Boston Herald. O'Brien and anther former official were indicted yesterday on charges they conspired on a “quid pro quo” scheme six years ago to land O'Brien's wife, Laurie, a Lottery job in exchange for his throwing a fund-raiser for the state treasurer.

After more than 30 years with the Probation Department — 12 as commissioner — O'Brien retired Dec. 31 and collects a monthly $4,738 pension check. He has received close to $43,000 so far.

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