Freda Brasfield, a top finance director in Boston Mayor Michelle Wu’s office, has been charged with money laundering and conspiracy.
The “Democratic political activist and community organizer” was allegedly involved in a scheme to “get synthetic drugs into [the] state prison system,” according to Boston 25 TV journalist Bob Ward.
BREAKING: Top Boston Finance Director Freda Brasfield indicted, charged w/money laundering in alleged scheme to get synthetic drugs into state prison system. We were only media at Superior Court. My exclusive story @Boston 25, 5 PM. pic.twitter.com/6Isqidq60q
— Bob Ward Boston 25 (@Bward3) February 10, 2023
Brasfield is “one of multiple defendants charged in the case.”
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Freda Brasfield, the DEMOCRAT finance director in the Boston Mayors office put on leave. She is accused of money laundering and conspiracy in a prison drug scheme pic.twitter.com/ocuDjdEarA
— Angry Frog ™ (@angrifrog) February 11, 2023
Boston 25 News reported:
Brasfield, who is also a longtime Boston Democratic political activist and community organizer, appeared in Woburn Superior Court, along with two co-defendants, Jaime Liberty and Jayleen Rivera, both of whom are facing charges of conspiring to smuggle drugs into MCI Shirley.
Brasfield, who is represented by Boston attorney David Meier, entered a plea of not guilty to one charge of money laundering and a charge of conspiracy to commit money laundering.
Brasfield, Liberty, and Rivera were released on personal recognizance.
According to records on file at Woburn Superior Court, a grand jury indicted Freda Brasfield on Dec. 15, 2022.
Prosecutors allege the smuggling scheme stretches back to January 2021 and that it involved a conspiracy to smuggle synthetic cannabinoids known as K2 and Spice into MCI Shirley. Prosecutors say it involved four inmates, including Brasfield’s nephew, and five “non-incarcerated relations or significant others,” including Freda Brasfield.
According to the Commonwealth’s Statement of the Case, Manuel “Junior” Dasilva, a former MCI Shirley inmate, worked with the nine co-defendants to get synthetic drugs inside MCI Shirley.
If a grand jury indicted Brasfield in December 2022, why was she allowed to continue working for nearly two months?
It’s a striking example of corruption and many constituents want answers from the mayor’s office.
Boston City Hall Financial Director Freda Brasfield was criminally INDICTED in DECEMBER 2022. But allowed to keep working/collecting a pay check under @MayorWu until today? City Hall failed to respond to @boston25 in a timely fashion. So much for #transparency Michelle Wu. Fraud! pic.twitter.com/8cGHfMOhJr
— Boston First Responders United (BFRU) (@BostonFRU) February 10, 2023
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