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(UPDATED) Former state Rep. Wallace charged with campaign finance violations

Former state Rep. Brian Wallace, a South Boston Democrat, was indicted Thursday of campaign finance violations, the state attorney general said. His campaign treasurer, Timothy Duross, was also indicted.

They were charged by a Suffolk County grand jury for failing to report $6,345 in campaign contributions in 2008, or 17 percent of the former state representative’s haul. In 2009, the Office of Campaign and Political Finance opened an investigation that was eventually referred to Attorney General Martha Coakley.

According to Coakley’s office, Wallace and Duross were unable to provide backup documentation about reported campaign donations and expenditures when asked. Candidates and treasurers are required to maintain records for campaign expenditures for six years after an election.

Wallace, 61, declined to run for another term last year. A staunch proponent of casinos, he had served in the South Boston-based seat since 2003. Duross, 50, had been his treasurer since 2001.

Wallace could not be reached for comment. His former district includes a piece of Uphams Corner and Harbor Point in Dorchester.

Wallace's attorney Bill McDermott said in an emailed statement, "Former State Representative Brian Wallace restates his innocence of any criminal acts alleged by the Attorney General and restates his contention that this charge should be settled in a civil disposition with the Office of Campaign and Political Finance. He looks forward to his opportunity to clear his good name."

When he decided to step down last year, Wallace noted that he had worked on legislation dealing with substance abuse prevention, film tax credits, and naming a courthouse in South Boston after Judge Joseph Feeney. “I accomplished what I wanted to accomplish,” he told the Reporter in March 2010.

In a statement, Attorney General Coakley said, “Candidates and their treasurers are required by law to accurately record campaign contributions and preserve all records of expenses. These laws are critical to the integrity of our campaign finance system, ensuring greater transparency and protecting against the misuse of campaign funds. We allege that Mr. Wallace and his treasurer failed to properly record thousands of dollars in contributions and expenses in direct violation of those laws.”

SEE ALSO: From the Reporter archives, "Wallace makes it three reps leaving."

Comments

The whole truth hasn't come out in this story yet, maybe once it goes to court, more will come out. the story doesn't mention check fraud that the office campaign finances found. it doesn't mention that the Wallace committee never deposited one cent of cash from any small fundraiser they held. Where did all the cash go? Why did they cash checks in peoples names that never saw the check or the money. Where did all the cash go from all the fundrasiers they held!!!!
Brian recently has sold his home and has moved to Westwood. This is not just about the money he spent on personal bills that he used his campaign funds for. This is about where is all the cash from fundraising events he held over the years. and why did he makes checks out in peoples name that he knew and cashed them somewhere.
Ok! Brian used his campaign account has his personal check book to pay his bills. Some people feel sorry for him for doing this and use the excuse he doesn't get paid that much. But not reporting cash from fundraisers, cashing checks that was written in someones name that you knew and then cashed. I'm sorry i personally don't feel sorry for someone that drives a brand new car and let their campaign pay for the lease and insurance payments. You should live within your means. Stealing is a crime. If people donate money to your campaign to help you get re-elected you shouldn't take advantage of their good will and trust. The person i feel very badly for is his former treasurer Tim Durross he is stuck in the middle of all this mess. The whole truth will come out in court. Maybe Brian moved because the truth is embarassing, he cans hide in Westwood, but he can't hide in Southie.

I know I speak for many people who are rooting for Brian Wallace and agree with Attorney McDermott as to the route that the AG should have taken in enforcing the law in this instance. Thinking back to 2009 many of us recall an example when the AG had reason and opportunity to go after a much bigger fish, to promptly investigate an equally disturbing (if not more) irregularity in the interest of upholding an equally important law. She didn't.