BOSTON — Attorney General Martha Coakley is suing former Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle saying he used school-issued credit cards and school funds to make personal purchases and take vacations costing nearly $100,000.
In the lawsuit filed Thursday in Suffolk Superior Court, Coakley said Dobelle spent public funds for trips that were nothing but weeklong vacations with family and friends.
She said those expenses included including family trips to Cuba, meals at high end restaurants, and frequent gatherings at a private men’s social club in California.
Dobelle’s lawyer Ross Garber said Coakley has been presented with only one version of the story. He said Dobelle looks forward to a fair airing of the truth and to reclaiming his reputation.
Dobelle served as university president from January 2008 until his resignation in November 2013.