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Former Mass. Treasurer Indicted For Federal Corruption

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Tim Cahill, in a WBUR studio, in this 2010 file photo (WBUR)
Tim Cahill, in a WBUR studio, in this 2010 file photo (WBUR)

Monday afternoon, a Suffolk County grand jury indicted former state Treasurer Timothy Cahill on charges of fraud and conspiracy. Cahill allegedly used $1.65 million of taxpayer-funded state lottery advertising to support his independent gubernatorial campaign in 2010.

The indictment was sought by Attorney General Martha Coakley, whose office began an investigation shortly after internal campagin emails surfaced in October 2010 indicating that Cahill’s political staff had received his approval to use the Lottery ads. The attempt to boost his standing in the gubernatorial race ultimately proved unsuccessful, as Cahill ended up with only 8 percent of the vote.

Cahill has yet to deny the charges, and if found guilty, he could face heavy fines and up to five years in prison.


  • David Boeri, WBUR reporter


This segment aired on April 2, 2012.


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