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3 indicted in ongoing Probation Department probe

US Attorney Carmen Ortiz said today that the indictment of former probation commissioner John J. O’Brien and two of his top former assistants “is just one step’’ in the ongoing investigation into a criminal justice agency that allegedly was run like a criminal enterprise.

“This is a very serious matter,” Ortiz said. “We’ve just indicted three former state public officials who were supposed to be working on behalf of this Commonwealth and who were engaged in criminal activity.’’

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