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.
He recanted sworn testimony he gave in 2010 that the fund-raiser and Laurie O’Brien’s attempts to secure a job with the state lottery, which was overseen by Cahill, were not related.
“I said there was no connection before,” Ryan said, referring to his 2010 testimony to Paul Ware, an independent counsel probing the department. “There was a connection.”
The testimony came on the second day of the corruption trial of O’Brien, who faces five charges of bribery and corruption stemming from his 12 years as head of the department. O’Brien remained impassive as Ryan testified against him.
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