Second Boston official arrested for union-related extortion
BOSTON >> A second member of Mayor Marty Walsh's administration is being charged in extorting a music festival production company.
Timothy Sullivan, the city's Chief of Staff of Intergovernmental Affairs, was arrested Wednesday morning following a federal grand jury indictment, the U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz's office announced.
The 36-year-old Boston resident faces conspiracy to extort a company and extortion charges. Sullivan's lawyer Thomas Kiley declined to comment and Mayor Walsh's office didn't immediately comment.
In May, Kenneth Brissette, director of the city's Office of Tourism, Sports, and Entertainment, was indicted for extorting the same company. The 52-year-old Boston resident has pleaded not guilty.
The two are accused of pressuring the Boston Calling music festival's production company into hiring union workers by withholding required city permits and approvals in 2014.
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