BOSTON — The independent investigator who found pervasive fraud in hiring practices at the Massachusetts Probation Department said he expects additional “significant indictments” in the ongoing state and federal probes of alleged patronage.
Following Paul Ware’s 2010 report, which focused on the department and not on the role of legislators, the 20-month-long investigation has resulted in indictments of certain probation employees, including former Commissioner John O’Brien. Additionally, several lawmakers have testified before grand juries.
“In my personal view, there certainly will be significant, highly placed individuals who will be formally charged,” Ware, of Boston law firm Goodwin Procter, told WBUR Morning Edition host Deborah Becker. “I’d be very surprised if we’re not in for some significant indictments.”
This week, officials confirmed that two of O’Brien’s former aides are cooperating with federal and state prosecutors in exchange for immunity. Could O’Brien himself get the same deal?
“I would not assume that it has not happened,” Ware said. “I’d be very surprised if he hasn’t been given the opportunity to give substantive information to the United States attorney.”
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