Stargazing

Law enforcement officials "checking" on Matt Damon, Paul Pierce, other Massachusetts celebs

By GLEN JOHNSON

AP Political Writer

BOSTON (AP) — It turns out Massachusetts law enforcement officers have been engaging in a bit of star search themselves — on the likes of

Tom Brady

and

Matt Damon

.

A new audit says law enforcement and judicial employees have conducted hundreds of criminal record searches on Massachusetts celebrities.

A state official says personal information for Brady, the New England Patriots quarterback, was checked on 968 occasions.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of privacy concerns, says other celebrities checked include Oscar-winning actor Damon, singer

James Taylor

and Boston Celtics captain

Paul Pierce

.

Criminal Systems History Board Director

Curtis Wood

said agencies are determining if the queries were legitimate. He said illegitimate checks will be punished.

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