Arlington Inspector Accused Of Breaking Law For His Own Plumbing Company

ARLINGTON, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — The former Inspectional Services director for the town of Arlington is under the microscope of the Massachusetts State Ethics Commission.

Michael Byrne served as the inspectional services director for the town for more than 20 years, beginning in 1997 and ending in 2021.

The commission is accusing Byrne of violating state law by turning a blind eye to his own plumbing company in Arlington, Trademark Plumbing. Officials say Byrne let Trademark do work without permits on at least 37 sites between 2016 and 2020.

He also gave certificates to a building developer who gave him more than $25,000 in loans over the court of three years, according to commission documents.

A spokesman for the Ethics Commission said a hearing for Byrne will be scheduled within 90 days.

The commission can fine violators of the state's conflict of interest law up to $10,000 for each violation, so Byrne could be facing fines of up to $370,000.

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