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Ex-Treasury aide has charges dropped

Scott Campbell, the codefendant in the state corruption case against former probation chief John J. O’Brien, admitted to campaign finance violations on Thursday but had remaining charges against him dismissed.

The resolution of the case against Campbell, 42, of Quincy, in Suffolk Superior Court came weeks after a jury acquitted O’Brien in the matter.

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Prosecutors dropped two campaign finance charges against Campbell, as well as a charge of conspiring to get O’Brien’s wife a job at the ­Massachusetts State Lottery by illegal means, authorities said.

However, Campbell admitted to sufficient facts for three counts of disguising campaign contributions. Those charges were continued without a finding for one year, meaning that he will have no criminal conviction on his record if he avoids legal trouble. He was also ­ordered to pay a $5,000 fine.

Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office had alleged that Campbell and O’Brien conspired to organize a campaign fund-raiser for former state treasurer Timothy P. Cahill in 2005, in exchange for a lottery job for O’Brien’s wife.

O’Brien, 56, of Quincy, was acquitted in April, but faces federal charges of running a sham hiring process for politically connected job candidates during his tenure at the Probation Department.

In a statement, Brad Puffer, a spokesman for Coakley, ­addressed charges Campbell admitted to on Thursday. “Mr. Campbell has now ­accepted responsibility for his actions, and this resolves the case against him,” said Puffer.

Campbell, formerly Cahill’s chief of staff, was acquitted last December in a separate corruption trial that also ensnared ­Cahill. A mistrial was declared after the jury could not reach a verdict against Cahill.

Travis Andersen can be reached at
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