Both Townes and Escobar were arraigned today in Salem District Court where they pled not guilty. They are scheduled to next appear in court on June 17, 2011, for a pre-trial conference.
The investigation was initially conducted by the MBTA and MBTA Transit Police. It was then referred to the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office. Due to Cubic's location in Essex County, the investigation was brought to the Attorney General's Public Integrity Unit.
Assistant Attorney General Jim O'Brien, Chief of the Attorney General's Public Integrity Division, and AAG Gina Masotta are prosecutingthis case. MBTA detectives, personnel in the MBTA's Automated Fare Collection Department, state police assigned to the Attorney General'sOffice, financial investigator Jessie Dean, and the Financial Investigation Division under the supervision of Division Chief Paul Stewartwere instrumental in this active and ongoing criminal investigation.
These charges are allegations. The defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
In February 2011, AG Coakley announced the formation of the PublicIntegrity Division - the first division in the office focused exclusively on cases of public corruption and fraud. The Public Integrity Division investigates and prosecutes serious criminal misconduct involving (a) crimes committed against or upon public agencies, (b) corrupt public employees and public entities who engage in or conspire to commit larceny, fraud, bribery, gratuities, and other crimes in which there is a hidden personal financial interest, and (c) crimes that have a corrosive or harmful effect on public confidence in our government and other trusted institutions, including such crimes as perjury and obstruction of justice.