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Probation officer charged with intimidating witness

By Andrea Estes
Globe Staff / December 22, 2011
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A former acting chief probation officer in western Massachusetts was arrested and charged with intimidating and harassing a witness today as part of the federal investigation of the patronage hiring scandal at the state Probation Department. The arrest of Christopher Hoffman, 39, who ran the probation office in Hampshire Superior Court in Northampton until he was suspended in October, marks the first criminal charges stemming from the federal investigation into probation’s allegedly rigged hiring system that funneled hundreds of jobs to politically and personally connected candidates.

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