Mass. Atty Charged In Pot Shop ‘Pay-To-Play’ Scheme

By Brian Dowling (June 24, 2022, 4:37 p.m. EDT) – A Massachusetts lawyer launched an illegal “pay-to-play scheme” to bribe a local police chief for his vote to approve a proposed marijuana store in the city, federal prosecutors said Friday.

Attorney Sean O’Donovan reportedly approached a relative of the police chief in Medford, Massachusetts, with a plan to pay $25,000 in cash or a bogus loan in exchange for the chief’s vote on a city panel that ranked cannabis stores on offer.

The lawyer, who the government says acted without his client’s approval, also reportedly sought the chief’s help in persuading the mayor of Medford to sign a critical host community agreement with…

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