The Associated Press

Lawrence Mayor Denies Corruption Allegations

LAWRENCE, Mass. — Lawrence Mayor William Lantigua says corruption allegations against him and his staff are false and that facts will show he’s innocent.

Lantigua told reporters Saturday that he hasn’t broken any laws and vowed to clear his name. Lantigua made his comments amid reports that he was a target of a federal and state corruption probe.

Earlier this week, Lawrence police said it couldn’t find any evidence into Lantigua’s claim that he and another staffer were nearly struck by a car. Lawrence police and Lantigua have been locked in a public battle over budget cuts.

Lantigua also came under fire after being elected mayor in 2009 for initially refusing to resign his state House seat, which he later did.

Lantigua is the first Latino elected mayor in state history.

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