100-page indictment filed against former Dem. senator

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A stunning indictment was handed down on Friday morning against former Massachusetts State Sen. Brian Joyce, 55, who faces more than 100 charges of using his legislative seat for private gain. Joyce was arrested on Friday and charged with racketeering, wire fraud, extortion and money laundering, according to a 102-page indictment.

According to WBUR, while Joyce was still serving as a state senator, he accepted a “stream of concealed bribes and kickbacks” worth a reported $1 million, in exchange for his official action on matters before the state Legislature. The report says he allegedly exerted pressure on local officials, and employed “various methods of concealment, including using a shell company and other entities to launder proceeds from his bribery and kickback schemes.”

According to the indictment, “Defendant Joyce’s objective … was to secretly profit from his position as State Senator.” It details various schemes, including allegations that he received kickbacks from an energy brokerage.

He also allegedly received bribes from a franchisee for Dunkin Donuts. Prosecutors allege that Joyce received payments, along with hundreds of pounds of free coffee from a local Dunkin’ Donuts franchise. In one instance in 2015, a transaction included more than 500 pounds of coffee.

Prosecutors say Joyce also received free dry cleaning and bought thousands of shares in a company which he actively lobbied for in the state senate. He allegedly accepted the bribes, then laundered the money through his law firm, according to the Boston Globe.

“We believe Mr. Joyce was greedy, plain and simple,” said Harold Shaw, head of the Boston FBI office.

“Brian Joyce represented over 100,000 Massachusetts citizens in the state legislature. He had a duty to serve them honestly. And he violated that duty by accepting bribes and kickbacks in exchange for his official action,” acting U.S. Attorney William Weinreb said.

Joyce has denied any wrongdoing. He was elected to his Senate seat in 1998 and served until 2015 when he gave up his leadership posts in the Senate amid an ethics probe.

The Massachusetts State House chamber is still reeling from the announcement that Senate President Stan Rosenberg took a leave of absence  following allegations of sexual assault against his husband.

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