Former senator arrested on extortion and fraud charges after allegedly using his office to gain $1million, 700 POUNDS of free coffee and a Jeep

Saturday, December 9, 2017
By Paul Martin

A former Massachusetts state senator was arrested Friday on extortion and fraud
The 113-count indictment alleges Sen. Brian A. Joyce used his office to gain $1million in kickbacks, 700 pounds of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and a Jeep
Joyce, 55, was arrested at his Westport home Friday morning and was released on bond- he plead not guilty to all counts

9 December 2017

A former Massachusetts state senator was arrested on charges of extortion and fraud charges after allegedly using his office to gain about $1 million, 700 pounds of free coffee and a Jeep.

Former state Sen. Brian A. Joyce, 55, federal authorities say, received up to 700 pounds of free coffee, and roughly $125,000 in alleged kickbacks, from a Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee owner, who later claimed it was in exchange for legal services.

‘No decaf,’ Joyce told the franchisee owner in a December 2014 email for one request, according to the indictment. ‘We like k cups (sic) at my office if possible.’

He also allegedly created a shell company used to collect kickbacks from an energy broker in exchange for pressuring officials to hire the broker for contracts.

The massive 113 count indictment also alleges Joyce came up with a bogus IRA account with fake legal fees- which led to additional charges including racketeering, 20 counts of extortion and seven counts of money laundering.

Prosecutors say Joyce also pressured a local planning board to approve a waiver sought by a developer, who gave Joyce a Jeep from one of the developer’s car dealerships.

‘Joyce ran his Senate office as a criminal enterprise,’ acting U.S. Attorney William Weinreb said at a press conference, according to the Boston Herald.

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