Ex-Probation Commissioner Guilty of Rigged Hiring Scheme

BOSTON — After more than 50 hours of deliberations, a federal jury on Thursday found former Massachusetts Probation Commissioner John O’Brien guilty of several charges including racketeering and mail fraud.

Jurors also convicted two ex-probation employees on similar charges for helping to orchestrate a rigged hiring scheme that favored politically connected applicants.

Sentencing is scheduled for November 18.

WBUR’s David Boeri joined All Things Considered to discuss the verdict.

Full Story: Former Probation Commissioner Guilty Of Racketeering, Mail Fraud

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    A Guilty Probation Verdict Sets Up Bribery Trial

    A historic federal trial of truly epic proportions will soon be set for
    bribery charges as early as September 2014.

    Nepotism, cronyism and patronage are a routine form of governance in

    Federal prosecutors will follow through with a second bribery trial after the
    guilty finding in federal court yesterday.

    The Massachusetts Probation Department corruption case is a two part trial.

    The trial was split into two parts in order to streamline the case for the

    United States District Court Judge William G. Young previously told
    prosecutors that they can bring a second corruption case involving bribery to

    Judge William Young has divided the case into two parts. The second case is

    The first trial started in May and ended yesterday with the conviction of all
    three defendants.

    The second trial is expected to start in the fall. This second trial will
    involve bribery charges added to the first probation department trial after the
    first indictment.

    Federal prosecutors do not need written agreements to prove the crime of
    bribery. Federal prosecutors must only show intent.

    Bribery charges may involve public officials and / or private individuals.

    The public cares about honesty and integrity.

    “Bribery is the practice of offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting
    something of value for the purpose of influencing the action of an official in
    discharge of his/ her public or legal duties.”These are some of the contacts


    Carmen M. Ortiz the United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts


    John Joseph Moakley
    United States Federal Courthouse
    Courthouse Way, Suite 9200
    Boston, MA 02210

    Boston Main Phone: (617) 748-3100



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