BOSTON (AP) — A prosecutor has described former Massachusetts Treasurer Tim Cahill as someone who schemed to “reach into the pocket” of the state lottery to boost his sagging 2010 gubernatorial campaign.

But Cahill’s lawyer said he was simply acting to defend the state lottery against attack ads when he approved a series of ads lauding the lottery and its management.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones reports

The two different pictures of Cahill were described during opening statements Monday at Cahill’s corruption trial.

Cahill is accused of airing $1.8 million in taxpayer-funded ads for the state lottery as a means of promoting his independent campaign for governor.

As treasurer, Cahill oversaw the state lottery. He is charged with violating state ethics laws and procurement fraud.

Cahill has said he did nothing wrong.

Cahill’s former campaign manager, Scott Campbell, is on trial on similar charges.


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.


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