Lawrence Mayor Lantigua sued for breaking finance law
LAWRENCE, Mass. (WHDH) -- On Tuesday they state Attorney General’s office announced a lawsuit against the mayor of Lawrence accusing him of breaking campaign finance laws.
Mayor William Lantigua, has been accused of violating state campaign finances laws. This is the second time this year he has come under fire for the way he runs his campaigns. Earlier this year, Lantigua paid a $5,000 fine and had to file a missing campaign report. The new charges accuse him of accepting more than $14,000 in cash contributions, along with cashier’s checks and money orders, a possible violation of state law.
He is accused of failing to report newspaper advertising food, beverages and room rentals. The attorney general says he used city workers as campaign finance director and treasurer. State law says public employees can't solicit or receive campaign contributions.
“We felt it was important to bring this suit to seek fines to see his forfeiture of any funds that were raised illegally and to ask the court to order him to comply with the campaign finance laws or face further sanctions,” Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley
Lantigua was unavailable for comment today but his associates have said the mayor will comment when he is ready to.