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Probation officials accused of improper hiring techniques

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BOSTON (WHDH) - A case involving three former officials from the State Probation Department began in federal court Thursday.

John J. O’Brien, William Burke and Elizabeth Tavares are all facing multiple charges ranging from racketeering to mail fraud.

All three are accused of giving well-connected job candidates priority over others with better qualifications.

Political patronage isn’t a crime in Massachusetts, but prosecutors are trying to say that the allegations, which stretch over ten years, are criminal.

“If, in fact, the allegations are correct then you need a lot more courtrooms and a lot more buildings to put all the people who should be defendants in the case,” Jeff Denner, Tavares’ attorney, said.

This trial may take as many as two months.
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