A Bad Week For Evan Dobelle: Mass. AG Sues Ex-Westfield State Prez

More legal troubles for former Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle.

Massachusetts attorney general Martha Coakley announced Thursday she is suing Dobelle, claiming he falsified documents and billed the school for nearly $100,000 in personal meal and travel costs.

And Coakley is not ruling out criminal action against Dobelle.

“This is a civil action; those are the allegations here,” Coakley said Thursday. “What I will say is that, particularly since the inspector general’s report, we still have an ongoing review on whether there’s any other action we might take.”

Last week, the state’s inspector general reported Dobelle used university credit cards for personal expenses far more often than Dobelle had previously acknowledged.

Dobelle’s lawyer, Ross Garber, says both Coakley and the IG are missing an important voice.

“It’s not surprising that the Attorney General would take this action because she’s seen only one side of the story,” Garber said. “But there are already cases in both federal and state court related to this matter. And in court, both sides get to be heard.”

Dobelle resigned from Westfield State last November, after he was placed on administrative leave.