• Cahill to pay $100k fine to end corruption case


    BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com/AP) — A former Massachusetts treasurer has agreed to pay a $100,000 fine in exchange for prosecutors dropping a corruption case.

    Tim Cahill was accused of scheming to use $1.5 million of state lottery money for an ad campaign designed to boost his 2010 gubernatorial campaign.

    Cahill's first trial ended in a mistrial in December when a jury was unable to reach a verdict.

    Attorney General Martha Coakley's office confirms that a joint disposition agreement between the state and Cahill was filed in Suffolk Superior Court on Friday. Coakley says that with this agreement, Cahill has admitted to violating the state ethics law.

    Coakley also confirms Cahill must pay the fine and he will be placed on pre-trial probation for between 18 months and four years. If Cahill pays the entire $100,000 fine during the first 18 months of probation, the remaining four-year period will be terminated.

    Cahill is also banned from seeking election to public office or public employment while on probation.

    Under Mass. law, cases involving pre-trial probation are effectively dismissed if the defendant abides by the conditions of their probation.

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