State investigators are looking into the theft of evidence, only months after the town’s former chief went to federal prison on an unrelated charge.
The prosecutor in Buffis’ case says he believes it’s the first conviction in western Massachusetts for a police chief abusing their office.
Joseph Buffis is scheduled to be sentenced on Tuesday at U.S. District Court in Springfield.
In a court filing, prosecutors call Buffis “a long time thief and a brazen liar.”
The former Lee, Massachusetts, police chief was found guilty in June of extorting a 4-thousand-dollar donation from a couple involved in a prostitution sting in order to drop charges against the pair.
Joseph Buffis, the former police chief in Lee, Massachusetts, has been acquitted of several charges he raided a charity toy fund he managed for his personal use. However, he was convicted of extorting a couple to donate to the fund.
There’s a delay in the start of the federal corruption trial of a former police chief from Berkshire County. That’s after Joseph Buffis’ lawyer said her client needed medical attention.
One question proposed by Joseph Buffis’ lawyer seems to leave little surprise for trial. It asks, “Does the fact that this case involves allegations that Mr. Buffis stole charitable donations intended for a fund to provide toys to needy kids at Christmastime affect your ability to be a fair and impartial juror?”
Prosecutors and the lawyer for former Lee police chief Joseph Buffis are back in court on Thursday, and they may discuss what evidence could be allowed at trial.
The temporary suspension of the police chief in Lee, Massachusetts, is likely to be extended Tuesday when that town’s select board weighs the matter at a public meeting.
The police chief of Lee, Massachusetts is suspended without pay after being indicted on federal extortion and money laundering charges.