A former Massachusetts state senator was charged Friday with using his position to collect $1 million in bribes, as well as hundreds of pounds of free Dunkin’ Donuts coffee.
Federal authorities charged Brian Joyce with honest services mail fraud in the scheme, in which he allegedly accepted bribes through his position as a state senator. He then laundered the money through his law firm, The Boston Globe reported.
Prosecutors allege that, in addition to payments, Joyce also received hundreds of pounds of free coffee from a local Dunkin' Donuts franchise, including one instance in 2015 that included more than 500 pounds of coffee.
Prosecutors also claim that Joyce received free dry cleaning from a local dry cleaner and that he bought thousands of shares in a company that he actively lobbied for in the state senate.
“Brian Joyce represented over 100,000 Massachusetts citizens in the state legislature. He had a duty to serve them honestly. And he violated that duty by accepting bribes and kickbacks in exchange for his official action,” acting U.S. Attorney William Weinreb said.
Joyce has denied any wrongdoing.
The indictment followed a series of Boston Globe reports that detailed ways Joyce used his office to benefit himself and his family.