Lottery’s Former Chief of Staff to Pay $10,000 Penalty in Connection with Obstruction of Justice Charges
BOSTON – The former chief of staff of the Massachusetts State Lottery will pay $10,000 and serve a pre-trial probation period of 18 months to four years in connection with obstruction of justice charges, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today.
A joint recommendation by the Commonwealth and Alfred J. Grazioso, age 58, of Quincy, was made in court during a hearing held today before Suffolk Superior Court Judge Linda E. Giles. Grazioso served as the chief of staff of the Massachusetts Lottery under former Treasurer Timothy P. Cahill.
In April 2012, Cahill was indicted on public corruption charges for his alleged role in orchestrating an advertising campaign for the State Lottery, funded with taxpayer dollars, that was intended to assist his 2010 campaign for Governor. Grazioso was indicted for allegedly obstructing justice during the course of the AG’s investigation into this matter. Prosecutors alleged that in August 2011, Grazioso, while still chief of staff for the Lottery, intimidated and harassed two witnesses prior to those witnesses being interviewed by the AG’s office for this investigation.
According to the disposition approved by the court today, Grazioso will be placed on pre-trial probation for a minimum of 18 months with a maximum of four years. If he completes payment of the full $10,000 at any point after the first 18 months of probation, the remaining balance of the four year period will be terminated. While on probation, Grazioso is prohibited from seeking employment with the Treasury or any agency within the Treasury. Grazioso is also prohibited from having contact with the two victims during the probationary period.
On Friday, Cahill agreed to pay $100,000 and serve a pre-trial probation period of 18 months to four years after admitting to violating state ethics law. In a joint disposition agreement between the Commonwealth and Cahill, Cahill admitted to a civil violation of the ethics laws for his role in running more than $600,000 in Lottery ads during the 2010 gubernatorial campaign.
This case was handled by Jim O’Brien, Chief of Attorney General Coakley's Public Integrity Division and Assistant Attorney General Jason Cofield, also with the Public Integrity Division, with assistance from Senior Trial Counsel Eileen O’Brien, Assistant Attorneys General Peter Sacks, Jennifer Sullivan, and Sarah Bookbinder, victim-witness advocate Nikki Antonucci, Sallyann Nelligan, Director of the Financial Investigations Division, and Massachusetts State Troopers assigned to the Attorney General's Office.