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DiMasi pays off fine of $65,000

Former House speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi has paid off a $65,000 fine a judge imposed after his 2011 conviction on federal corruption charges, according to court records.

In a legal filing Monday, US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz’s office wrote that the monetary judgment against DiMasi was satisfied with “payment of $65,000 to the United States, on or about [Jan.] 30, 2014.”

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The filing comes less than a month after the Supreme Court declined to hear DiMasi’s appeal. He is battling cancer at a prison hospital in North Carolina and is slated for release in November 2018, according to his family and the Federal Bureau of Prisons website.

DiMasi, now 68, was convicted in federal court in Boston on charges that he helped a software company obtain lucrative state contracts in exchange for $65,000 in kickbacks. In addition to the fine, he was sentenced to eight years in prison.

That penalty was believed to be the longest prison term handed out to an elected official by a federal court in Massachusetts.

His lawyer, Thomas R. Kiley, told the Globe last month after DiMasi was rebuffed by the Supreme Court that his client was beyond disappointed.

“When a man’s freedom is at stake, disappointing may not be a strong enough word,” Kiley said at the time.

Salvatore DiMasi’s sentence of eight years was believed to be the longest prison term handed out to an elected official by a federal court in Massachusetts.

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While incarcerated, DiMasi has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in his tongue. His family and lawyers said he received poor medical care and went undiagnosed for months.

DiMasi also made headlines in March 2012, when the Globe reported that he told a visitor that he testified before a federal grand jury investigating the hiring scandal in the state’s Probation Department.

Andrea Estes and Milton J. Valencia of the Globe staff contributed to this report. Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.andersen@globe.com.
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