Joseph Buffis, Suspended Chief of Police Lee, MA
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The police chief in the small western Massachusetts town of Lee used his rank to force people facing prostitution-related charges to donate to a holiday toy fund he ran, then withdrew the money for his own use, authorities said Thursday in announcing his federal indictment.
Lee police chief faces extortion charge
Police Chief Joseph Buffis accused of extorting money from suspects
UPDATED 5:52 PM EDT Aug 08, 2013
WCVB-TV Boston MA
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The police chief in the small western Massachusetts town of Lee is facing extortion and money laundering charges after a probe involving FBI agents and state police detectives.
Authorities say a federal grand jury returned an indictment Thursday against Lee Police Chief Joseph Buffis, alleging he extorted a $4,000 donation from two people who were facing prostitution-related charges. Buffis also faces three counts of money laundering.
Lee, Mass. police chief faces extortion, money laundering charges
August 8, 2013, 3:14 pm
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