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News Town of Newbury pays OIG whistleblower over $523,000, including attorney fees, for violating the Massachusetts Whistleblower Act

  • Office of the Inspector General

On July 10, 2018, the Town of Newbury paid over $523,000, including attorney fees, to a former employee after a Superior Court judge found the Town had violated the Massachusetts Whistleblower Act. In his ruling, the judge determined that the employee had engaged in protected whistleblower activity when he reported alleged violations of state law to the OIG. 

The OIG investigated the complaint and issued a report in 2011. The report documented improper activities and conflicts of interest in awarding moorings in the Town of Newbury. The report can be found at Assignment of Moorings to Private Businesses in Newbury, Massachusetts (pdf).

Office of the Inspector General 

The Office of the Inspector General is an independent agency that promotes good government by preventing and detecting the misuse of public funds and public property. The Office conducts confidential investigations, improves transparency in government, helps government run more effectively and educates government employees and the public.