Feb. 24, 2012

Ex-probation chief, 2 aides indicted in hiring scandal

Accused of rigging selection process for job applicants

Carmen M. Ortiz announced the indictments for the three former top probation officials alongside the FBI’s James Burrell (left) and Brian Kelly of the Justice Department.

O’Brien, along with former deputies Elizabeth V. Tavares and William H. Burke III, turned themselves in to federal authorities Friday morning and spent the day in custody before a brief court appearance in Worcester, where they were told that the charges carry penalties of up to 20 years in prison and fines of $250,000 for each count.

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