By Scott Malone
BOSTON, March 1 A former Massachusetts state
treasurer on Friday admitted to violations of state ethics rules
related to his failed 2010 gubernatorial campaign and agreed to
pay a $100,000 fine in a settlement in which the state dropped
its criminal prosecution.
Tim Cahill, who was the Massachusetts treasurer from 2003
through 2011, was indicted last April on charges that he had
misused $1.5 million in funds intended to promote the state
lottery to advance his campaign prospects.
The state's last attempt to prosecute him ended in a
mistrial in December after jurors were unable to reach a
In addition to the civil fine, Cahill will serve 18 months
to four years of probation and agreed not to run for or accept
any public office during that time, under the terms of the deal.
He avoids serving any prison time.
Judge Christine Roach, of Massachusetts Superior Court in
Boston, called the deal "balanced, reasonable and very much
reflective of the realities of the trial that we conducted in
After the settlement hearing, Cahill told reporters he was
glad to have the charges behind him.
"Hopefully, this will be the last time I'll have to see the
inside of Suffolk Superior Court," Cahill said.
Last year, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley
charged Cahill with directing the lottery to change the content
and timing of its ad campaign to help his struggling
gubernatorial campaign. Cahill, who ran as an independent, had
tried to unseat Democratic Governor Deval Patrick.
In September 2010, the lottery ran a $1.5 million ad
campaign that touted how well the lottery was run and how it
benefited Massachusetts cities and towns. While the ads did not
mention or show Cahill, prosecutors charged that the campaign's
focus groups had shown that Cahill's management of the lottery
was his strongest asset.
In the court documents on the settlement, the state said
that Cahill "knew or should have known that he was attempting to
use his official position to secure for himself an unwarranted
privilege of substantial value not properly available to his
fellow similarly-situated gubernatorial candidates."
Coakley on Friday said, "With today's resolution, Treasurer
Cahill has now admitted that he violated our state ethics laws
during his 2010 gubernatorial campaign.
"We believe this is a just resolution to this case."