Former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi and three associates have been indicted, according to court records. The US Attorney’s office has scheduled a 3:30 p.m. press conference “to make an announcement in a public corruption matter,” according to a statement issued by the Justice Department…. Also indicted were Richard McDonough, a lobbyist for computer software company Cognos ULC and close friend of DiMasi; Joseph Lally, the Cognos sales agent; and Richard Vitale, a former DiMasi campaign treasurer who was also paid by Cognos.
The Globe has now helpfully posted the indictment. It’s quite a read. Especially this:
69. On or about December 13, 2006, after finding a bookkeeping error, Cognos sent a $25,000 check to P.A. [“Private Attorney” — Steven Topazio, according to the Globe] for the missed payments.
70. On or about December 20, 2006, P.A. deposited the $25,000 check from Cognos and informed DiMASI that a $25,000 check from Cognos had arrived. DiMASI told P.A. that he wanted all of it. P.A. wrote and mailed a $25,000 check to DiMASI.
71. On or about December 28, 2006, DiMASI instructed P.A. to replace the $25,000 check with four backdated checks in the amounts of $8,000, $4,000, $6,000, and $7,000 to further disguise the payments as typical referral fees. P.A. wrote the four checks to DiMASI.