Report alleges former Andover youth services director pocketed donations

ANDOVER, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) – A former director of Andover youth services has been accused of funneling donations from the independent nonprofit Andover Youth Foundation, Inc.

The city of Andover has appointed the law firm Nixon Peabody LLP to investigate Bill Fahey, who had been director of AYS for 27 years until his firing in the spring of last year. The investigation began after the Eagle Tribune reported that text messages from Fahey had surfaced showing that the former manager was asking for money from an outside source. The Nixon Peabody Report said Fahey used donated funds intended for AYF to pay himself and his own staff, which would be considered illegal under state law.

Massachusetts Law generally prohibits public employees from receiving substantial “private gifts” worth more than $50 for or because of the employee’s official position.

Nixon Peabody’s report alleged Fahey and his team received a total of $100,000 in donations.

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Daniel Murphy of the Murphy Law Group, which represents Fahey, noted that the allegations are false and a clear effort to destroy the former director’s work and reputation.

“The City wants to suggest that he committed wrongdoing because, very transparently, he averaged just over $3,000 a year from the Foundation over a five-year period, for his efforts. outside of AYS,” Murphy said. . The release also says Fahey has raised more than $5 million for Andover youth during his tenure.

Fahey was initially fired from his post last spring on the allegations that he engaged in “inappropriate behavior” with a 16-year-old while working at AYF. Fahey denied the allegations and had complaint lodged against his former employer, City Manager Andrew Flanagan, for wrongful dismissal.

WBZ’s Karyn Regal (@Karynregal) reports.

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