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under arrest for bribery and kickbacks...........

 

Former Sen. Brian Joyce Arrested, ‘Violated The Public’s Trust’

December 8, 2017 at 9:00 am

 

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BOSTON (CBS/AP) – Former Massachusetts Sen. Brian Joyce “violated the public’s trust” and “decided to take the path of greed” by using his office for personal profit to accept up to $1 million in bribes and kickbacks in exchange for official actions, federal investigators said Friday.

Joyce, a longtime attorney and Milton Democrat who was arrested Friday, is accused of then hiding that money by creating a shell company and disguising it as “legal fees.”

“We believe Mr. Joyce was greedy, plain and simple,” FBI Special Agent in Charge Hank Shaw said.

State Sen. Brian Joyce (WBZ-TV)

Federal authorities arrested Joyce, 55, at his Westport home on Friday. He was scheduled to appear before a federal magistrate in Worcester later Friday.

The 113-count indictment against Joyce, stemming from a two-year investigation, includes charges of racketeering, extortion, wire fraud, conspiracy to defraud the IRS and money laundering. His lawyer, Howard Cooper, said in an email to The Associated Press that he is still reviewing the charges.

 

READ: THE FULL INDICTMENT AGAINST BRIAN JOYCE

The indictment alleges that Joyce secretly profited from his position as state senator by accepting “a stream of concealed bribes and kickbacks” that included a free Jeep and hundreds of pounds of Dunkin Donuts coffee, in exchange for official actions before the state Legislature. He is accused of pressuring state and municipal officials to take official action on government matters.

Acting U.S. Attorney William Weinreb said Joyce, who represented more than 100,000 residents as a state legislator, ran his public office as a “criminal enterprise.”

“He had a duty to serve (his constituents) honestly, and he violated that duty by accepting bribes and kickbacks in exchange for his official action,” Weinreb said.

In February 2016, the FBI and IRS raided Joyce’s Canton office.

FBI officials leave the law office of Sen. Brian Joyce following a raid on Feb. 17. (Kim Tunnicliffe/WBZ)

Specifically, the indictment alleges that Joyce agreed to use his official position to exert pressure on and advise town administrators to use a energy broker in return for kickbacks in the form of commissions to a shell company, which Joyce controlled.

Joyce is accused of using his Senate role to pressure and advise members of the Milton Planning Board to approve a property subdivision waiver that a developer sought, in exchange for a kickback. Joyce allegedly concealed the kickback by, among other things, falsely telling a Milton Planning Board member that he had not been paid by the developer, and by accepting payment from the developer in the form of a Jeep from one of the developer’s car dealerships.

The indictment alleges that Joyce took official action or pressured others to do so on behalf of a Dunkin Donuts franchise owner in exchange for hundreds of pounds of free. He took steps to conceal this by submitting backdated checks to the State Ethics Commission and instructed the franchise owner and his relative to falsely represent to the Ethics Commission that they had agreed to provide Joyce coffee in exchange for legal services.

According to the indictment, Joyce also exerted pressure on and advised officials at the Massachusetts Division of Insurance to take official action on matters in favor of an Energy Insurance Brokerage Company, who paid Joyce in exchange for his official help in promoting, sponsoring, and filing legislation that would benefit the brokerage company.

The indictment also alleges that Joyce attempted to use his Senate position to collect money for “legal work” from representatives of a Philadelphia solar company who sought Joyce’s assistance with local permitting and pending legislation.

Joyce is also charged with conspiring to defraud the IRS in connection with his purchase of more than $470,000 in common stock from the EIB Company and falsely reporting the stock purchase as a tax-exempt retirement account rollover in his personal tax return.

 

Joyce, who had served as assistant majority leader, announced last year that he would not seek re-election in 2017. He had represented his district since 1998.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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