Massachusetts State Representative arrested, facing federal charges


(WWLP) – A Massachusetts State Representative Democrat from Lowell was arrested Tuesday morning and is facing multiple federal charges including filing fraudulent tax returns.

According to the Office of U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling, 59-year-old David Nangle was charged in federal court in Boston with illegally using campaign funds to pay for his personal expenses, defrauding a bank to secure loans to repay debts, and collecting income that he failed to report to the IRS.

Nangle was indicted on ten 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. He is scheduled to be in federal court in Boston this afternoon.

It is alleged that Nangle used his campaign committee’s debit card to make personal purchases including thousands of dollars in gift cards for his personal use, among other things.

“It is further alleged that Nangle, who was heavily in debt, gambled extensively at area casinos and online, and then used thousands of dollars in campaign funds to pay for various personal expenses such as dues at a local golf club, rental cars to travel to casinos, flowers for his girlfriend, gas, hotels, and restaurants. According to court documents, Nangle knew that using campaign funds for personal use was prohibited and subject to oversight by an independent state agency, and concealed his theft by filing false reports that disguised the personal nature of the spending.”

-United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling

Representative David Nangle is on the House Committee on Ethics, House Committee on Rules, and Joint Committee on Rules. According to State House News Service, Nangle served in the House since 1999 and presents portions of Lowell and Chelmsford. In January, Nangle’s campaign finance reports showed an $8,700 payment to a Boston law firm, and when confronted about it, he “knew nothing about it.” The bank statement was reported from The Sun of Lowell.

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