Lawrence Mayor Lantigua Denies Corruption: ‘I Have Nothing To Hide’

 LAWRENCE (CBS) – Lawrence Mayor William Lantigua is coming under more scrutiny, this time, as federal and state officials reportedly look into corruption allegations against him.

According to the Boston Globe, the FBI and Essex District Attorney’s Office are reportedly looking into whether the mayor plays favorites when it comes to which tow truck companies get city business.

WBZ-TV’s Alana Gomez reports

“If you check background, the same companies that were here when I was elected are the same companies that are here today,” Lantigua told WBZ-TV’s Alana Gomez. “I do not have any deals with them today.”

Other issues revolve around whether Lantigua has any financial ties with the nightclubs he frequents – especially since his wife is on the board that approves liquor licenses. 

Lantigua said his wife has been on the commission for years and nothing has changed.

The FBI is rumored to be relying heavily on Lawrence Police as a source of information.

 The mayor, who spoke Saturday with WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe  says he doesn’t know about any probe, denying any allegations of corruption and saing he has nothing to hide. 

“There is no corruption,” said Lantigua.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports

Lantigua has been the center of controversy for much of his term. He faced criticism for trying to hold on to his job as state representative while he was mayor. He’s also been in public battles with the fire department and police department over layoffs as a result of budget cuts.

 Lantigua stood by his administration Saturday and said he’s proud of what they’ve accomplished so far. He called the allegations “lies” and said he’s willing to cooperate with any investigation.

“At the end of the day I’m not breaking any law and I will be standing tall when everything is said and done,” said Lantigua. 

When asked on Saturday by WBZ-TV about the investigation, a spokesperson for the FBI refused to comment.

WBZ-TV’s Alana Gomez contributed to this report.

  • ireland60

    Lantigua has to go He has done nothing good for Lawrence except get his friends & family jobs Lantigua refused to debate the issues while running for mayor & was rumored to have bought voters drinks in the nightclubs he hangs around & demands free meals & drinks for himself. Lantigua is a gutless wonder Hopefully Lantigua will be wearing handcuffs & prison stripes the guy is a crook. state takeover is needed for Lawrence now

  • emom

    there has been more going wrong in Lawrence since he took office.. Has nobody seen that,,, And he always seems to have his mug in the news,, and its never good,,, Truely he is not doing this town a service, more of a disservice….

  • yahaira

    everyones hating because we have a latino in office truth is lawrence was bad as it is and hes doing the best he could

    • Jon Cavanaugh

      Oh here we go with the race card…..yeah everyone thinks he’s doing a lousy job because he’s Latino…that’s it.

    • DStein

      Is anyone as tired of having the race card played as I am?

      Let’s face reality, trouble seems to follow Willy Lantigua wherever he goes, whatever he does. It’s a very distrubing pattern of corruption that needs to be looked into.

      And whatever did Willy do with the $35 million of OUR MONEY that the idiot DUHval Patrick gave him? It’s time for a FULL AUDIT to track where all that money went.

    • jack

      Can the same be said about the Pres??? Race has nothing to do with poor performance

  • Steven Moore

    Maybe he should spend more money on schools so Enom and Yahaira can learn proper grammar and punctuation!!!

  • jaygee

    I think I’ve heard politicians use the phrase “I have nothing to hide” far too many times. Then they say that “I can’t wait to have my day in court” only to be followed by an admittance of guilt and a plea bargain.Anyone over the age of consent should understand that a good politician in a democracy is as unthinkable as an honest burglar. Inocente amigo, incorrecto.

  • emom

    WOW,,and I thought the race card was pulled,, so whats the governors issue,, stupidity,,, geee some like to pick on small stuff rather the bigger issues,… wow…..

  • Thomas

    What movie was it that the politician said: “I’m a politician; that means I’m a theif and a liar, and when Im not kissing babies I’m stealing their lollipops?”

  • bduce

    This guy is a sleazeball and should never been in office but since Lawrence is no longer a US city, it’s run the same way any backwater Central American country would run. Most of the city is on the dole and every politician has their hands out and expects the state to support this welfare city. Politics as usual in MA. You want to be speaker of the house? Get a good lawyer, be discreet, make friends in high places so when you are caught, you resign and get a nice job and some community service and of course your state pension.

  • aardvark

    The movie was “The Hunt for Red October”

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