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Probation Dept. charges could be imminent

Case may involve number of legislators, others, lawyers say

Federal prosecutors have essentially completed their investigation into alleged rigged hiring and promotion practices at the state Probation Department, according to two people briefed on the US attorney’s work, clearing the way for criminal charges against numerous probation employees, politicians, and potentially others in the scandal uncovered by the Globe’s Spotlight Team.

One probation employee - Christopher Hoffman, Northampton District Court acting probation chief - has already been charged with intimidating a witness in US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz’s investigation. But lawyers involved in the case expect that a federal grand jury may soon indict a dozen or more state employees and state legislators on charges related to favoritism in hiring and promotion.

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