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Massport workers plead not guilty to taking bribes

Five Massport workers pleaded not guilty today to charges that they took bribes from cab drivers at Logan International Airport in exchange for letting drivers bypass the waiting pool to pick up fares.

The defendants, Kenneth Clement, 67, of Attleboro; ¬Michael Garvey, 51, of Melrose; Vadim Mkrtychev, 37, of West Roxbury; James Mulrey, 45, of Stoughton; and Donald Potts, 47, of Medford were arraigned in East Boston District Court. All were released on personal recognizance, despite prosecutor Nicholas Walsh’s request that they be held on $1,000 cash bail.

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Judge Kenneth Fiandaca set a probable cause hearing for April 2.

Prosecutors said the defendants were allegedly videotaped taking bribes multiple times by a cooperating witness working with the State Police hackney unit.

The defendants were typically family men living in the suburbs with at least 10 years on the job.

Francisco Napolitano, defense attorney for Mulrey, said his client had been working for 14 years at Massport and his tenure there “suggests to me he’s doing the job properly.”

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