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Lantigua mum after brief grand jury appearance

Mayor William Lantigua of Lawrence had little to say Wednesday after going to Essex Superior Court in Salem, where he had been subpoenaed to ­appear before a grand jury to answer questions about money allegedly missing from a city-owned parking garage managed by one of his close political allies.

“Due to the secrecy requirements of the grand jury proceedings, which we all, both the Commonwealth and ourselves, agreed to abide by, there is very little we can say today, other than this is a continuing proceeding, and Mayor Lantigua and I, as time goes on, will have more to say,” said Lantigua’s lawyer, Jeffrey Denner.

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Denner also had no comment on whether ­Lantigua was a target of the investigation. Whatever Lantigua said, it did not take long. He emerged from the courthouse shortly after ­going in.

Tens of thousands of dollars are allegedly missing from the Museum Square Garage in Lawrence.

Almost from the moment he was elected in 2009, Lantigua’s administration has been under investigation, but Wednesday was the first time Lantigua himself has been called to ­appear before a grand jury.

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A person briefed on the inves­tigation said Lantigua had received a subpoena Monday as he disembarked from a plane at Logan Airport after returning from a trip to his native Dominican Republic.

The person, who asked to remain nameless because the investigation is confidential, said the subpoena ordered ­Lantigua to appear before a state grand jury.

Denner told the Globe Tuesday that “Mayor Lantigua has answered and will answer every question put to him by investigators while he continues to conscientiously carry out his duties as mayor.”

Martin Finucane can be reached at MFinucane@­
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