Former Lee Police Chief Joseph Buffis has pleaded not guilty to federal money laundering and extortion charges in Springfield, Massachusetts.
In U.S. District Court Thursday, Buffis pleaded not guilty to one count of extortion and three counts of money laundering. He was indicted by a federal grand jury earlier this month. His attorney, Lori Levinson, has maintained her client’s innocence.
“He does have a legitimate defense to the charges and we believe after all is said and done he will be exonerated," said Levinson.