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Ex-probation chief, 2 aides indicted in hiring scandal

Accused of rigging selection process for job applicants

By Andrea Estes and Thomas Farragher
Globe Staff / March 24, 2012
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US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz on Friday announced criminal indictments against former Probation Commissioner John J. O’Brien and two former lieutenants, contending that the trio ran the troubled 1,800-employee state agency like a vast criminal enterprise. O’Brien, along with former deputies Elizabeth V. Tavares and William H. Burke III, now face charges of racketeering and mail fraud that carry penalties of up to 20 years in prison and fines of $250,000 for each count.

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