Massachusetts: Former state treasurer facing corruption charges

Former Massachusetts treasurer Timothy Cahill has been indicted on public corruption charges related to advertisements promoting the state lottery that ran during his unsuccessful campaign for governor in 2010.

Attorney General Martha Coakley said Monday that Cahill orchestrated the advertising campaign promoting the benefits of the lottery, using taxpayer funds, to unlawfully boost his own campaign for governor.

Cahill faces charges of violating state ethics laws and procurement fraud, and conspiracy to violate those laws.

Tim Cahill holds grand opening of campaign headquarters in August 2009. (File Photo - Bob Gohl)

Scott Campbell, Cahill’s former chief of staff, was indicted on similar charges. Former lottery chief of staff Alfred Grazioso was indicted on two counts of obstruction of justice.

Messages left with the 53-year-old Cahill, who served two terms as treasurer, were not returned Monday.

Coakley says Cahill abused his position of trust and put his political ambitions ahead of taxpayers’ interests.

(BY BOB SALSBERG and STEVE LeBLANC, ASSOCIATED PRESS)

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