For Immediate Release - April 13, 2011

Attorney General's Office Files Complaint Against Christy Mihos for Breach of Contract

Mihos Failed to Pay the Office of Campaign & Political Finance for Campaign Finance Violations

BOSTON - Today, Attorney General Martha Coakley's Office filed a complaint against Christy Mihos in connection with his failure to pay a fine to the Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF) for campaign finance violations which occurred during Mihos' 2009-2010 run for governor of Massachusetts.

In July 2010, Mihos and the Christy 2010 Committee (the Committee) signed a Disposition Agreement (the Agreement) and agreed to pay a $70,000 fine resulting from various violations of the campaign finance laws found by OCPF. The violations recited in the Agreement included Mihos using approximately $112,000 from his personal accounts to pay for campaign related expenditures; accepting campaign contributions in excess of the $500 annual limit per individual; and failing to keep detailed accounts of expenditures and contributions made and received on behalf of the Committee.

The Attorney General's complaint, filed today in Suffolk Superior Court, alleges that Mihos is in breach of the Agreement due to his failure to pay the full amount of the fine to OCPF.

The complaint alleges that the Agreement, signed by Mihos, required him to pay a fine of $70,000 to OCPF. Mihos made an initial payment of $35,000 on August 3, 2010. Mihos requested and received from OCPF an extension of time to pay the remaining $35,000. Both parties agreed that Mihos would pay $10,000 of the remaining balance on November 18, 2010 and the remaining $25,000 by February 1, 2011. Mihos paid the $10,000 due on November 18, 2010 but failed to pay the remaining $25,000 balance by February 1, 2011.

After Mihos failed to make the final payment, OCPF referred the matter to the Attorney General's Office for enforcement. The Attorney General's Office made additional attempts to collect the money that Mihos owed to OCPF. Mihos failed to pay the remaining balance of $25,000. As a result, the Attorney General's Office filed a complaint in Suffolk Superior Court on behalf of OCPF alleging that Mihos is in breach of contract.

This case is being handled by Assistant Attorney General Sarah Joss of AG Coakley's Government Bureau.

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