Attorney General Martha Coakley probes Leslie Berlowitz pay, resume

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Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley is looking into allegations that the head of the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences received far more pay than her peers at similar institutions and inflated her academic credentials for at least a decade.

Coakley’s office said Wednesday it plans to reach out to the Cambridge honorary society’s board to find out how it is handling questions about her pay, resume, and other issues following a Globe report that Berlowitz falsely claimed to have a doctorate and earned total compensation of more than $598,000 in 2012. The attorney general’s office, which oversees charitable organizations in Massachusetts, also plans to look into whether the academy fully disclosed Berlowitz’s other perks, such as first-class travel, in tax filings.

“These allegations raise a number of questions and concerns for the board and for us,” said Coakley spokesman Brad Puffer, adding that the academy’s board of directors has the primary fiduciary duty to oversee the integrity of the institution.

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