By Josh Resnek
A review of Mayor Carlo DeMaria’s campaign finance report for 2019 reveals he is continuing to pay criminal attorneys enormous sums of money for legal representation presumably to protect him from prosecution.
Out of a total of $91,499.13 spent by the mayor for campaign related expenses in 2019, he gave $37,604.50 to Greenberg Traurig, Llp in legal fees.
An outstanding balance of $22,30.70 remains owed to Greenberg Traurig for legal services provided during 2019, bringing the total of the mayor’s expenditures for legal services to nearly $60,000 during 12 months in 2019.
In 2019 the Leader Herald reported the mayor’s legal fees being paid from his campaign account amounted to $130,000.
In 2018 and 2019, according to the mayor’s official campaign finance reports, he has spent almost $200,000 on criminal legal representation during this two-year period.
The mayor has remained mum about charges he continues to be hounded by FBI investigations into possible illegal activities.
He has denied he signed an agreement to provide information to the FBI.
This, despite an original copy being printed in the Leader Herald.
He has denied he received a kickback from a former employee of his city hall office staff for the casino land from the original owners, despite assertions to that accusation in a Federal lawsuit.
The FBI would neither confirm nor deny that its investigation into municipal corruption in Everett is continuing.
However the mayor continues to be represented by criminal counsel up to the present.
During the past year, the Leader Herald revealed that the mayor signed a proffer agreement with the US Attorney’s office to provide information for an open – ended period of time.
It is not known if the mayor has signed additional proffers.
However, it is documented through FBI wiretaps and grand jury transcripts reported in the Leader Herald during 2019 that the mayor’s advocacy for the casino land purchase and additional possible illegal activities have been closely monitored and scrutinized by the FBI and the State Police, and that this look into his actions while serving as mayor are continuing.