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GOP official allegedly offers to 'cleanse' profits

BOSTON (AP) — The vice chairman of the state Republican Party resigned after a federal sting led to charges he offered to "cleanse" drug proceeds for a legal client.

Lawrence Novak, an attorney, was arrested at his home Tuesday, and he resigned his party position on Tuesday after his release on bond.

He was accused of offering to launder drug profits for Scott Holyoke, who is awaiting trial on federal drug trafficking charges and agreed to be a cooperating witness against Novak.

According to an affidavit filed by Lauren Youngquist, an Internal Revenue Service agent, Holyoke told Novak that he had more than $100,000 in cash in a safe deposit box, and repeatedly said that the money was drug proceeds.

Novak allegedly told Holyoke that he would take about $60,000 of the money as a legal fee and offered to "clean" or "cleanse" the remainder.