Former Middlesex Mayor Ronald DiMura was sentenced to seven years in prison after admitting that he stole more than $75,000 from several local political committees he controlled.
According to the state attorney general’s office, DiMura used his post as treasurer of the local Democratic campaign committee to send about $190,000 sent to a local charity he ran while funneling most of the money into his own pockets.
DiMura was also accused of illegally obtaining funds from investors who though they were loaning him money that he would invest on their behalf. Instead, the cash wound up in his personal account.
Superior Court Judge Benjamin Bucca ordered DiMura to pay $83,372 in restitution and forfeit $163,582 and barred the former mayor from holding public office.
The sentence is consistent with DiMura’s plea agreement.
“DiMura exploited his role as a local party leader for his personal gain, betraying party members who placed their trust in him,” said Attorney General Gurbir Grewal. “I formed the Office of Public Integrity and Accountability to ensure, among other things, that public officials are held accountable if they abuse their power. This prison sentence reflects our commitment to that mission.”
DiMura lost his bid for re-election in 2019 to Republican John Madden by a massive 64%-36% margin.