BOSTON (AP) — A top aide to former state Probation Commissioner John O'Brien testified in court that a fundraiser to benefit ex-state Treasurer Tim Cahill was organized with the understanding that it would help O'Brien’s wife land a job at the state lottery.
Former Deputy Commissioner Francis Wall testified in O'Brien’s bribery and corruption trial Monday that he suggested to Probation Department employees that they attend and contribute at the 2005 event.
O'Brien’s wife got the job and still works for the lottery, which is overseen by the treasurer.
Wall also reeled off a list of politicians, judges, mayors and other officials who asked O'Brien to help friends or relatives get state jobs.
O'Brien’s lawyer said the way O'Brien ran the department was the way it had always been run, and his client did nothing illegal.