DiMasi Case Lobbyist Accused Of Taking No-Show Job
A lobbyist convicted of conspiracy and fraud in the kickback scheme that ensnared former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi is under renewed scrutiny for allegedly collecting a state pension for a no-show job.
Richard McDonough was convicted in federal court last week.
State Inspector General Gregory Sullivan has asked the state retirement board to review the $31,000 annual pension McDonough began collecting in 2008.
Sullivan says McDonough had a lobbying client, the Merrimack Education Center of Chelmsford, put him on the payroll of a related organization, the Merrimack Education Collaborative, which provides education and treatment services for special-needs students from 10 school districts.
Sullivan says McDonough had no desk, no phone and no work product.
McDonough's lawyer told The Boston Globe that his client denies any wrongdoing.
This program aired on June 21, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.