BOSTON (AP) - The police chief in the small western Massachusetts town of Lee is facing extortion and money laundering charges after a probe involving FBI agents and state police detectives.
Authorities say a federal grand jury returned an indictment Thursday against Lee Police Chief Joseph Buffis, alleging he extorted a $4,000 donation from two people who were facing prostitution-related charges. Buffis also faces three counts of money laundering.
The so-called donation was made to a holiday toy fund Buffis controlled. Authorities allege he quickly withdrew almost all the money, putting it in a personal account before using it for his own expenses.
Buffis didn't immediately respond to an email or a call seeking comment.
Berkshire District Attorney David Capeless says the accusations target one man, not the Lee Police Department.