Another entrenched, liberal politician has fallen.
Former Massachusetts state Sen. Brian Joyce – who served nine terms, was arrested and charged with running his official office as a “criminal enterprise” and faces a whopping 113-count federal indictment.
The sleazebag senator reportedly took at least $1 million in bribes and kickbacks using the power of his office. He was also charged with racketeering, extortion, fraud, money laundering and conspiracy to defraud the IRS. He faces decades in prison.
Joyce, 55, was taken into custody Friday by the FBI following a two-year investigation. In addition to all his other sleazy activities, he was found with “hundreds of pounds” of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee in his office, after he pulled some strings for a local franchise owner.
The feds are accusing the Democrat of using his law firm and his position to launder money while in office.
This is the second time this month a Massachusetts Democrats has been involved in a massive scandal, The Daily Caller reports.
Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg resigned last week, amidst reports his husband Bryon Hefner had been sexually inappropriate with four separate men.
Rosenberg said Hefner is seeking treatment for alcohol dependency, and will be admitted to an inpatient treatment center for his addiction.
Prosecutors say Joyce used his law practice, which he ran while working as a full-time legislator, to launder the proceeds of his schemes by “falsely characterizing the bribe and kickback payments as legal referral fees,” and that he lied to the state Ethics Commission about the payments.
Joyce is also accused of orchestrating a shady real estate deal with a developer to take over the development of properties at the site of the historic Milton Women’s Club after it fell into disrepair. The unnamed developer allegedly hid Joyce’s financial interests in the project and even portrayed the senator as nothing more than a dedicated legislator “trying to help out the woman’s club,” and someone who helps “people in the town.” Joyce, however, had a stake in the development and was to be paid to represent the developer’s legal interests. For his work, prosecutors say, Joyce received a new Jeep from the developer, who, instead of repairing the historic site, planned to build new homes there.
The nine-term senator did not seek re-election after the FBI and IRS raided his Canton law office last year. He accepted free dry cleaning for a decade and used campaign funds to pay for his son’s graduation party, The Boston Globe reported last year.
Weinreb said the Joyce investigation is ongoing and more charges could come for co-conspirators. He would not rule out additional arrests connected to the Massachusetts State House, adding that the case “is far from over.”
“No public servant should use their Senate office as a one-stop shop for personal enrichment,” said Paul D. Craney, executive director of the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance. “Legislative leaders should begin the process of expelling Joyce, like they did in 2014 with disgraced former state representative Carlos Henriquez.”
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