- Associated Press - Friday, October 3, 2014

LYNN, Mass. (AP) - A Lynn man has been indicted on charges that he used bribery, fraud and identity theft to steal $34,000 while working for a cable television studio.

John F. Chapman was indicted Thursday and is expected to surrender to authorities on Friday. A court date has not been scheduled.

Chapman tells The Daily Item (http://bit.ly/10osMyX ) that the indictment is “a witch hunt.” His lawyer says he denies the allegations.

Police Chief Kevin Coppinger says investigators worked for eight months following a financial trail that found “a pattern of impropriety.”

Authorities allege Chapman forged more than $13,000 in checks from Lynn Community Access Media, and stole $21,000 in equipment from the studio.

He also allegedly accepted bribes from an electrician with the understanding that Chapman would award the individual electrical work.

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Information from: The (Lynn, Mass.) Daily Item, http://itemlive.com

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