FBI releases corruption probe files into late Boston mayor

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

BOSTON (AP) — The FBI has released documents related to a corruption investigation into late Boston Mayor Thomas Menino that ultimately proved unfounded.

Documents in the probe were posted Monday on the FBI's website.

The 2002 investigation was prompted by comments Menino made on "Boston 24/7," a 2002 ABC News documentary.

Menino appears to tell a Sprint representative he'll award a lucrative city contract to rival AT&T unless the telecommunications company donates $25,000 to the mayor's youth initiatives.

Menino and the Sprint lawyer said the conversation was bluster for the cameras. The state inspector general's office later determined no actual city contract was at stake.

No charges were filed and the FBI closed the case in September 2003.

Menino died in 2014. He was Boston's longest serving mayor.