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STATE REPRESENTATIVE MAKES A BAD GAMBLE

Updated: Oct 29, 2023

If there was a bingo card for political-financial scandals, then Massachusetts state Rep. David M. Nangle would be calling out "Bingo!" In February 2020, Nangle was arrested and charged in federal court for an astonishing amount of crimes. He was indicted on 28 counts, including several counts of wire fraud, bank fraud, and filing false tax returns.


A former chairman of the House Committee on Ethics, Nangle has served as a member of Massachusetts House of Representatives for the 17th Middlesex District since 1999. Despite running unopposed, Nangle raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign donations. Prosecutors alleged that after falling into deep gambling debt, Nangle began tapping into campaign funds to repay these debts and make personal purchases. In order to cover up his illegal use of campaign funds, Nangle would mask such expenses as being political in nature. Documents suggest that Nangle also filed false bank statements in order to take out loans to help oay his gambling debts.


When individuals fall this deep into fraud and financial troubles, it's not surprising to find tax fraud listed as one of their alleged crimes. Nangle has been accused of knowingly filing fraudulent tax returns for the 2014-2018 tax years. On these returns, Nangle claimed fraudulent business deductions for supposed "consulting" work he did for a local home improvement company. One such fraudulent deduction claimed that Nangle drove 47,000 miles in one year for the consulting company. Additionally, reports suggest that Nangle claimed thousands of dollars in false deductions for alleged charitable donations.


Nangle is also accused of pressuring a state employee to help him file the fraudulent returns. When the employee refused to submit the false returns, prosecutors allege that Nangle claimed he would "take the blame if anything happens."


Nangle betrayed the trust of his constituents and could pay a hefty price. For his many crimes, Nangle is facing over 50 years in prison, with fines of over $1 million. The charge of filing false tax returns alone provides for a sentence of up to three years in prison and a fine of $100,000. Hopefully, Nangle has learned that you should never gamble against the IRS.



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