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Coakley looking into academy chief’s salary, resume

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley is looking into allegations that the head of the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences inflated her academic credentials for at least a decade and received far more pay than her peers at similar institutions.

Coakley’s office said Wednesday it plans to reach out to the Cambridge honorary society’s board to find out how it is handling questions about Leslie Cohen Berlowitz’s resume, salary, and other issues following a Globe report that she falsely claimed to have a doctorate and earned total compensation of more than $598,000 in 2012. The attorney general’s office, which oversees charitable organizations in Massachusetts, also plans to look into whether the academy fully disclosed Berlowitz’s other perks, such as first-class travel, in tax filings.

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