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Mayor William Lantigua of Lawrence has been ordered to appear before a grand jury Wednesday to answer questions about tens of thousands of dollars alleged to be missing from a city-owned parking garage managed by one of his close political allies.
Lantigua’s administration has been under investigation almost from the moment he was elected in 2009, but this marks the first time Lantigua himself has been called to testify before a grand jury, where witnesses testify under oath in secret.
A person briefed on the investigation said Lantigua received a subpoena Monday as he got off a plane at Logan Airport after returning from a two-week visit to his native Dominican Republic.
The person, who asked to remain nameless because the investigation is confidential, said the subpoena ordered Lantigua to appear before a state grand jury where he is expected to be questioned by Essex County prosecutors about the mysterious drop in parking revenues at the Museum Square Garage