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Former state auditor worker sentenced in bribery scheme
By Globe Staff
A former executive assistant to the state auditor has been sentenced to two to three years in prison for using his position to extract bribes from individuals, the state attorney generalís office said today.
Lawrence Trapasso, 45, of Worcester, was sentenced today by Suffolk Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Donovan on three counts of bribery and one count of larceny over $250. The judge also sentenced him to three years of probation and ordered him to undergo a mental health evaluation.
Trapasso, who will be barred from ever holding another public job, was convicted Oct. 28 after a seven-day jury trial.
Trapasso worked in the auditorís office from 1997 to 2006. Between January 2003 and April 2006, Trapasso accepted cash from three people after telling them that he could use his influence as a state official to help them get their driversí licenses reinstated and/or help them with pending court cases, the attorney generalís office said in a statement.