Monday, June 3, 2013

Diamond Joe Quimby's Got Nothin' on Willie...

Brad_in_MA sends in the latest on the corruptest Mayor in all of Massachusetts...

Mayor William Lantigua called before grand jury
Mayor William Lantigua of ­Lawrence has been ordered to appear before a grand jury Wednesday to ­answer questions about tens of thousands of dollars alleged to be missing from a city-owned parking garage managed by one of his close political allies.

Lantigua’s administration has been under investigation almost from the moment he was elected in 2009, but this marks the first time Lantigua himself has been called to appear before a grand jury, where witnesses testify ­under oath in secret.
Now, hizzoner denies any wrongdoing, of course. It's just funny, isn't it, that two of his former allies and fundraising buddies are facing indictments; he's been cited for failing to file campaign finance reports; pretty much everything about this guy is crooked like a dog's hind leg. It's amazing he's not running for John Kerry's senate seat, come to think about it...

Now, the state's had a hardon for Slick Willie ever since they got their hand slapped over his state tax returns. Earlier this year, they hit him with a lien for failing to pay state taxes in 2011 - which was immediately removed. Obviously, he knows someone or something pretty high up, and that issue resolved itself quick.

It doesn't look like he made any friends while doing it, though. The FBI stepped in and was using marked bills - bills that never made it to the city of Lawrence's bank account. Someone's going down, and while I'll bet it won't be directly tied to Lantigua, this will make like the sixth "friend of Willie" to do the perp walk. Eventually they're going to find someone willing to roll on him.

I mean, this is the guy who traded cars seized in drug raids for police cruisers, had city-owned garbage trucks shipped to his native Dominican Republic, found jobs for all his kids and ex-wives in the city employ, failed to pay state income tax, and didn't report his campaign contributions as per the state laws. That's a lot of corruption for a mayor of a city with less than 80K people in it. Oh, and the high school was so bad, the state had to come in and take it over. It's the poorest city in Massachusetts and the 18th poorest in the US - and I guess we can see why...

I'll bet he gets re-elected next time he's up, too...

That is all.

5 comments:

Dregan said...

Inquiring minds want to know:

Is hizzoner a MAIG? Would be the stinking cherry on the shite-sundae of a story...

Brad_in_MA said...

@Dregan,
I doubt hizzoner Lantigua could spell MAIG.

Jay, I don't have a citation, but Mayor Lantigua did sit before the Grand Jury in a closed door session. After the 30-minute event, neither he nor his lawyer are talking about what was discussed. Typical.

And don't forget that Lawrence, the city where Lantigua is Mayor, had a Superintendent of Schools who needed three attempts to pass the test of English for non-native speakers.

Wally said...

I guess the garbage trucks really are amphibious.

lee n. field said...

A real go getter. Got a "D." behind his name? (need I ask?)

Old NFO said...

Methinks the ice is getting a bit thin... just sayin...