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Ex-worker testifies against former probation chief John O’Brien

The first of two state Probation Department employees slated to testify against their former boss took the stand Friday and said he set up a political fund-raiser in 2005 with the understanding that it would secure a new job for his boss’s wife.

Edward Ryan, who was granted immunity by prosecutors, said he organized a well-attended political fund-raiser for then-state treasurer Timothy P. Cahill in order to help get a job for the wife of John. J. O’Brien, who was then the head of the department.

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