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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Former (D) Sen. Brian Joyce arrested after federal indictment

BOSTON -- Former Massachusetts state Sen. Brian Joyce was arrested Friday and accused in a federal indictment of using his office for personal profit.


Court documents allege Joyce, a Democrat from Milton, schemed to defraud the state by "conspiring to accept and accepting a stream of concealed bribes and kickbacks from private individuals," in exchange for official actions as a senator.
The 104-page indictment includes a number of charges including racketeering, extortion, wire fraud and money laundering. Joyce "violated the public's trust" and "decided to take the path of greed," federal law enforcement officials said, CBS Boston reported.
Joyce, 55, was expected to appear before a federal magistrate later in the day. His attorney, Howard Cooper, said was he was "reviewing the charges."

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Joyce's law office in Canton was raided by the FBI in February 2016 in what was then described as "court-authorized activity in connection with an ongoing federal investigation." Cooper said at the time that Joyce was cooperating and believed he had done nothing wrong.
Joyce, who had served as assistant majority leader, said shortly after the investigation was announced last year that he would not seek re-election to the Senate. He had represented his district since 1998.
Court documents outline a number of complex schemes in which Joyce allegedly concealed payments made to him in exchange for official actions, including using his law office as a "money laundering conduit," and by making "false statements and omissions" to the state Ethics Commission.
In one case, prosecutors alleged Joyce used his position to exert influence on behalf of a New York-based energy brokerage business and formed a shell company to collect "concealed kickbacks" from the firm.



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