For Immediate Release - January 08, 2013

AG Coakley Appoints Chief of Gaming Enforcement Division

BOSTON – Patrick Hanley, an Assistant Attorney General with a strong investigative and prosecutorial record, has been appointed Chief of the new Gaming Enforcement Division, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today. Hanley most recently served as senior counsel in the AG’s Enterprise and Major Crimes Division.

“Patrick has extensive experience investigating and prosecuting intricate criminal enterprises, and has displayed the leadership qualities needed to oversee this Division,” AG Coakley said. “Our new Gaming Enforcement Division will serve to maintain public safety, prevent fraud, and ensure integrity in the gaming industry, and Patrick will lead those efforts well.”

Hanley, a Boston resident, is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law and Brandeis University. He previously served as senior counsel in the Enterprise and Major Crimes Division at the AG’s Office, where he has worked since 2008. The AG’s Enterprise and Major Crimes Division is part of the office’s Criminal Bureau and targets traditional and non-traditional criminal enterprises and organizations using sophisticated investigative techniques and strategies. In this capacity, Hanley conducted long-term investigations, prosecutions and trials, typically involving wiretaps and other covert surveillance.

Hanley was instrumental in the investigation and prosecution of numerous individuals connected to a widespread drug distribution operation in Boston. That investigation targeted a violent street gang in the city of Boston known as the Magnolia Steelers for crimes relating to narcotics trafficking, unlawful firearms possession, and violent assaults. Hanley also was part of the prosecution team that indicted 31 individuals, including alleged mob captain Mark Rossetti, who were connected to a highly organized and violent criminal enterprise that operated throughout eastern Massachusetts. Hanley handled the trial of Rossetti with Assistant Attorney General Dean Mazzone, Chief of the Enterprise and Major Crimes Division, which resulted in Rossetti’s conviction and sentence of seven to nine years in state prison.

In 2010, AG Coakley presented Hanley with the Thomas F. Reilly Award for Excellence. Prior to working at the AG’s Office, Hanley practiced civil litigation at Brody, Hardoon, Perkins & Kesten in Boston. He also served for three years in the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in several units, including the Narcotics & Asset Forfeiture Unit.  He began his legal career as a law clerk to the Justices of the Massachusetts Superior Court. 

The Gaming Enforcement Division has been created to handle the statutory duties assigned to the AG’s Office under the expanded gaming legislation signed into law by Governor Deval Patrick in November 2011. The Division will enforce civil and criminal gaming laws throughout the Commonwealth and will also provide legal representation to the Gaming Commission and the Commonwealth in various capacities.

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