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August 28, 2013

Suit: Mayor accepted illegal cash, donations


Rumbo’s publisher, Dalia Diaz, did not return a phone call.

Luis and Juan Yepez, who own Chester’s, were traveling overseas and not available, a secretary for the two men said.

Coakley’s suit does not allege that the businesses that allegedly provided in-kind services without charge to Lantigua received city business in return.

State legislators are considering a bill that would keep candidates off the ballot if they are not current on their financial disclosure, a bill that Methuen Democrat Diana DiZoglio introduced after Lantigua’s refusal for more than a year to file his 2011 reports. Yesterday, state Rep. Linda Dean Campbell, also a Methuen Democrat and a co-sponsor of the bill, said the latest allegations against Lantigua “demonstrate a contempt and a willful disregard of our campaign finance laws for a long period of time.”

Complaint Lantigua 8-27-2013

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