Mass. Officials Indicted In State Patronage Probe

Law360, New York (September 20, 2011, 2:42 PM EDT) -- A former Massachusetts probation commissioner and a top aide to former state Treasurer Tim Cahill were indicted Monday on criminal charges stemming from a probe into patronage violations in state government hiring.

Former Probation Commissioner John J. O'Brien and ex-Chief of Staff Scott S. Campbell conspired to organize a campaign fundraiser for Cahill in exchange for a job for O'Brien's wife, according to Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley.

"We allege that these government officials violated the public trust, trading campaign contributions for a taxpayer-funded job," Coakley...
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