A former state police union chief and a Beacon Hill lobbyist arrested last month for allegedly misusing union funds for personal gain have been indicted on a slew of charges including racketeering, fraud and tax crimes, federal authorities said Thursday.
Dana Pullman, the former president of the State Police Association of Massachusetts from Worcester, and state house lobbyist Anne Lynch, of Hull, were arrested by FBI and IRS agents Aug. 22 at their homes.
A federal grand jury in Boston indicted Pullman, 57, and Lynch, 68, on the charges Thursday.
Pullman and Lynch were charged with one count of racketeering conspiracy, one count of racketeering, one count of conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud, one count of honest services wire fraud, three counts of wire fraud, one count of obstruction of justice and one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States.
Pullman was charged with two additional counts of wire fraud and two counts of aiding and assisting the filing of a false tax return.
Lynch was charged with an additional count of obstruction of justice and four counts of aiding and assisting in the filing of a false tax return.
Investigators from the FBI and IRS began investigating the police association and Pullman around July 2018, according to court documents, and by October were investigating the union and Pullman's relationship with Lynch and her lobbying firm. The investigation included the review of documents, emails, records and interviews with multiple witnesses.
The FBI said its investigation revealed that, from at least 2012 and continuing until Pullman's resignation as union president in September 2018, Pullman, Lynch and others "were involved in a scheme and a conspiracy to defraud the union membership through fraud and deceit, including Pullman's receipt of illegal bribes and kickbacks from Lynch and the lobbying firm."
The investigation also found that Pullman, Lynch and others were involved in a scheme and a conspiracy to defraud two companies seeking to do business with the state of money and property.
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Pullman and Lynch will be arraigned on the indictment's charges in federal court in Boston at a later date.
Pullman's lawyer previously denied the charges brought at the time of his arrest.