South Boston ex-legislator, aide plead not guilty
A former state representative from South Boston and his former campaign treasurer pleaded not guilty yesterday in Suffolk Superior Court to charges they violated campaign finance laws.
Brian P. Wallace, who represented South Boston in the House for eight years, and Timothy Duross, the former campaign treasurer, appeared briefly in Suffolk Superior Court to enter their not guilty pleas on charges of failing to report campaign contributions and failing to preserve expense records.
Wallace and Duross stood behind their lawyers during the arraignment, and both defendants said not guilty when asked to plead.
They were released on personal recognizance.
Wallace and Duross declined comment after the arraignment hearing.
Duross’s lawyer, Thomas Finnerty Jr., said, “He acted within the bounds of propriety.’’ Finnerty declined further comment. The two defendants are due back in court Oct. 14, and a trial was tentatively scheduled for May.
Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office alleges that Wallace and Duross failed to report $6,345 worth of political donations and failed to keep receipts that would account for some $51,000 in spending during the 2008 campaign cycle.
Wallace is the fifth elected official from Boston to face criminal charges since 2005.
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