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June 4, 2011

Subpoenas drop in Lawrence over Lantigua's fund-raising

LAWRENCE - A first round of subpoenas in a multi-jurisdictional probe of Mayor William Lantigua's administration have been served to businesses and individuals with alleged knowledge of Lantigua's political fund-raising efforts.

A spokesman for Sal Lupoli, the owner of Salvatore's restaurant and function facility at Lawrence's Riverwalk, confirmed a subpoena from the state's Office of Campaign and Political Finance was served to a restaurant manager there at 5 p.m. yesterday.

The subpoena seeks all information - including photographs - of Lantigua's campaign and fund-raising events held at Sal's since March 2008 so they can be presented to a grand jury, the spokesman said.

Other subpoenas from federal, state and local law enforcement agencies are expected to follow the campaign and finance probe, according to a high-level law enforcement source.

The state's Office of Campaign and Political Finance investigates alleged violation of campaign finance law. The office can assess fines and also refer matters to Attorney General Martha Coakley's office for criminal investigation and charges.

Neither Lantigua nor his aide Patrick Blanchette could be reached for comment for this story. Lantigua has previously denied any criminal wrongdoing and maintained his innocence.

A story in last Sunday's Boston Globe identified Lantigua's campaign finance records as being rife with gaps.

Law enforcement sources previously confirmed Lantigua's administration was the focus of a broad-sweeping probe involving allegations of narcotics, weapons, bid rigging, suspicious-out-of-state travel and more.

More on this story as it develops. Check back to eagletribune.com for updates. Follow staff reporter Jill Harmacinski on Twitter under the screen name EagleTribJill.

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