Mezzatesta Indicted

A former House Education Chairman has been indicted on federal charges.

Jerry Mezzatesta faces federal charges of defrauding the school board and misappropriating public funds.

The charges center around a 75-thousand dollar grant for Hampshire County schools. The indictment alleges Mezzatesta diverted the money to gain an advantage in his 2004 re-election campaign. Mezzatesta's attorney says all the money was used properly and for the children of the county.

If found guilty, Mezzatesta could spend up to 15 years in prison.

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