Former Massachusetts State Senator Brian Joyce has been indicted on more than 100 federal charges including racketeering, extortion, mail fraud, money laundering and tax evasion.
"The indictment alleges that Mr. Joyce ran his Senate office as a criminal enterprise,” said Acting U.S. Attorney William Weinreb.
The former assistant Majority Leader was arrested at his Westport home Friday morning following a two year investigation by the FBI and IRS.
"Brian Joyce represented over 100,000 Massachusetts citizens in the state legislator. He had a duty to serve them honestly and he violated that duty by accepting bribes and kickbacks in exchange for his official action,” said Weinreb.
Weinreb told reporters Friday morning that the schemes totaled up to a million dollars.
He says the 55-year-old accepted payments including a Jeep and hundreds of pounds of coffee.
Joyce's Canton law office was raided back in February of 2016. He chose not to run for re-election.
"We believe Mr. Joyce was greedy plain and simple. As alleged he blurred a line between his public duties and private business and failed to act in the best interest of his constituents,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Hank Shaw.
Joyce appeared in federal court in Worcester for an initial appearance Friday afternoon. He plead not guilty to the charges against him.