BOSTON — After being arrested by FBI and IRS agents at his Lowell home Tuesday morning on federal charges of embezzlement, Massachusetts State Representative David Nangle (D-17th Middlesex District) announced his resignation on Wednesday.
“Due to recent, unfortunate events I believe it would be in the interests of the House of Representatives that I step down from my leadership position and committee assignments,” Nangle wrote in a statement addressed to House Speaker Robert DeLeo. “It has been an extreme honor to serve you, my colleagues and the citizens of the Commonwealth in my position as Division Floor Leader.”
According to an indictment filed with the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts last week, Nangle financed several hundred thousand dollars of his own personal expenses including gambling activities and entertainment fees through bank fraud, tax falsification and the misuse of campaign funds over a five year period between 2014 and 2019.
“Nangle raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign funds despite running for re-election unopposed since 2013,” reads the indictment in part. “Which further allowed him to use campaign funds to supplement his personal income instead of using the funds for permissible campaign purposes.”
Nangle pleaded not guilty to 10 counts of wire fraud, four counts of bank fraud, nine counts of making false statements to a bank, and five counts of filing false tax returns on Tuesday. He was released on a $25,000 unsecured bond.
Nangle, who has served at the State House since 1999, is a former member of the U.S. House Committee on Ethics and the U.S. House Committee on Rules.
"If the allegations in the indictment are true, it is safe to say that Rep. Nangle has violated the public trust and especially the trust of constituents who donated to his campaign fund," US District Court attorney Attorney Andrew Lelling said at a press conference following Nangle’s arrest. "This was not a momentary lapse of judgment or a technical foul. This was a systematic pattern of theft and fraud going back to at least 2014."
“The allegations against Representative Nangle are serious and troubling and, if true, represent a significant betrayal of the public trust,” House Speaker Robert DeLeo said in a statement, also indicating the House cooperated with a subpoena from Lelling’s office requesting records related to the federal grand jury investigation.
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