Joseph Buffis, the chief of police in Lee, Massachusetts, has been indicted by the United States Attorney for alleged extortion and money laundering.
According the Massachusetts United States Attorney, Chief Buffis approached people that were facing prostitution charges and he asked them to contribute to a Christmas toy fund that he controlled. The people then made donations totaling four thousand dollars to the Edward J. Laliberte Toy Fund. Chief Buffis then withdrew $3990 which he put in his personal bank account. The police chief is accused of using that money for personal expenses.
Chief Buffis was indicted today on the criminal counts and will be scheduled for a court appearance soon in the federal court. Authorities are asking anyone that donated to the toy fund to contact the FBI in Springfield.
Chief Buffis will not only face a conviction and loss of job but he will also lose his pension as the crime occurred during the course of his employment. It is my opinion that the sentence handed to Buffis will be harsh if only to send a message to any in law enforcement that they must not violate the public trust.
Attorney Patrick Donovan is a Massachusetts criminal lawyer. A former assistant district attorney with an office in Quincy, Attorney Donovan has appeared in over fifty courts in Massachusetts and in Federal court in Boston. Attorney Donovan works to provide the best criminal defense in for people charged with felony and misdemeanor crimes.