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John Lynch

By adamg - 1/24/20 - 5:16 pm
Lynch

A federal judge today sentenced former BPDA manager John Lynch of Dorchester to 40 months - a little more than three years - in prison following his admission he let a developer pay him off to arrange a zoning vote the developer needed. Read more.

By adamg - 1/18/20 - 12:13 pm
Lynch taking a bribe, according to feds

Photo showing Lynch taking one of several bribe payments, prosecutors say.

Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to send now former BPDA middle manager John Lynch to federal prison for four years for accepting a $50,000 bribe from a developer to arrange a successful zoning-board vote on a South Boston condo project. Read more.

By adamg - 10/12/19 - 12:25 pm

WGBH reports on an audit of zoning-board decisions and members by a former federal prosecutor hired by Mayor Walsh after the arrest and guilty plea of a BPDA manager for helping to get a South Boston project re-approved by the Zoning Board - and that properties handled by former ZBA member Craig Galvin are now being scrutinized by the feds.

By adamg - 9/13/19 - 3:19 pm

WBUR reports on the concern by Common Cause and a former state investigator general about four specific real-estate deals the station discovered John Lynch was involved with that benefited from a city loan program aimed at helping homeowners improve their properties, from the department where he formerly worked. Read more.

By adamg - 9/12/19 - 10:22 pm

John Lynch formally pleaded guilty today to a bribery charge related to $50,000 he acknowledges he received from a developer in 2017 to secure a Zoning Board of Appeal vote the developer needed so he could then sell his proposed H Street project to another builder. Read more.

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By adamg - 9/9/19 - 12:31 am
Galvin

The Globe reports that Craig Galvin, a Dorchester real-estate broker whom Mayor Walsh recently re-appointed to another term on the Zoning Board of Appeal, resigned this weekend. Read more.

By adamg - 9/7/19 - 12:17 am
William Christopher

The Globe reports that William "Buddy" Christopher, who until recently had been ISD commissioner, is taking a leave of absence from his new job overseeing Methadone Mile while the feds and a law firm hired by Mayor Walsh investigate just how development projects wend their way through the city approval process. Read more.

By adamg - 9/6/19 - 12:21 pm
Christopher, Turner and Morancy at May 23, 2017 zoning hearing

James Christopher, developer Steven Turner and attorney George Morancy at H Street zoning hearing on May 23, 2017.

The Globe fills in some more details of the incidents that led federal prosecutors to charge a mid-level BPDA official, John Lynch, with bribery in connection with a small South Boston project that needed new approval from the Zoning Board of Appeal so that its developer could then sell the whole thing at a profit to another developer. Read more.

By adamg - 8/30/19 - 10:22 pm

The US Attorney's office in Boston reports a BPDA official agreed to plead guilty today to charges that he took $50,000 in bribes and payments from a Boston developer in 2017 to convince a member of the Zoning Board of Appeal to vote in favor of a permit extension the developer wanted. Read more.

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