For Immediate Release - December 11, 2007

Enforcement Division Alleges Revere DPW General Foreman Joseph Maglione Solicited and Accepted Bribes

The Massachusetts State Ethics Commission's Enforcement Division issued an Order to Show Cause alleging that Revere Department of Public Works Water and Sewer Enterprise Fund general foreman Joseph Maglione violated the state's conflict of interest law, G.L. c. 268A, by soliciting and accepting bribes for private water and/or sewer projects in Revere from Sewer Foreman Randy Adamson and Drain Department Foreman Anthony Giannino. A public hearing regarding the allegations regarding Maglione will be scheduled within 90 days.

Between 2002 and March 2006, Adamson and Giannino were privately compensated for approximately 25 water and/or sewer projects in Revere. Most of these projects required permits: on a few occasions the permit was obtained through a licensed drain layer; on other occasions no permit was sought. Adamson and Giannino testified that Maglione approached them in 2002 and asked for $200-250 for every new water and/or sewer service installation they performed. Between 2002 and summer 2005, they gave Maglione a total of $3,000-$4,000 regarding these installations.

The Order to Show Cause alleges that Maglione's solicitation and acceptance of these payments violated M.G.L. c. 268A, §§ 2(b), 3(b), 23(b)(2) and 23(b)(3), the Order alleges.

Section 2(b) of the conflict of interest law prohibits a public employee from corruptly seeking or accepting anything of value in return for being influenced in his performance of any official act or act within his official responsibility. Section 3(b) prohibits a public employee from directly or indirectly soliciting or accepting anything of substantial value for himself for or because of any official act or act within his official responsibility. Section 23(b)(2) of G.L. c. 268A prohibits a public employee from using or attempting to use his official position to secure for himself unwarranted privileges which are of substantial value and which are not properly available to similarly situated individuals. Section 23(b)(3) of the conflict law prohibits a public official from knowingly or with reason to know acting in a manner which would cause a reasonable person, having knowledge of the relevant circumstances, to conclude that anyone can improperly influence or unduly enjoy the public employee's favor in the performance of his official duties.