A grand jury is investigating possible corruption in the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office, FOX Undercover has learned, signaling that the nearly year-long investigation into the department may be coming to a head.
The investigation by Attorney General Martha Coakley’s new anti-corruption unit began last November after a FOX Undercover report about the department, including allegations that employees paid cash for promotions and other consideration.
The sheriff at the time, James DiPaola, denied the charges to FOX Undercover but killed himself after the attorney general's office announced it was launching a criminal investigation.
FOX Undercover has also learned the investigation is reaching the Medford Housing Authority, whose offices were raided last month by state police troopers assigned to Coakley’s office.
The head of the housing authority is married to the late sheriff's sister. The housing authority director did not return a call seeking comment. A spokesman for the current Middlesex Sheriff, Peter Koutoujian, also did not return a call. A spokesman for the attorney general's office declined to comment.