Shady Campaign Gifts Earn Boston Developer $1.6M Fine

Law360, New York (November 30, 2011, 5:40 PM EST) -- The WinnCompanies affiliate behind a failed Boston development was fined $1.6 million by a federal judge on Wednesday over charges in a scheme that channeled $158,000 in campaign contributions to politicians thought to be friendly to the troubled project.

In the guise of bogus invoice payments, Winn Columbus Center LP and its executives reimbursed donors for contributions to two members of Congress in order to curry favor for the Columbus Center project in Boston, for which WinnCompanies sought public funds after its financing fell through, according...
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