Former Sprint-Nextel Employee Sentenced to Six Months Imprisonment for Improper Disclosure of Phone Records to S. Burlington Cocaine Dealer
NOV 22 -- Steve W. Derr, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and Tristram J. Coffin, the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont, announced today, that Chief Judge William K. Sessions III sentenced Amy Quesnel, 29, of Georgia, Vermont to six months imprisonment to be followed by four months of home detention.
The defendant previously pled guilty to a violation of the Telephone Records Privacy Protection Act, which carries a maximum sentence of ten years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine. U.S. Attorney Coffin stated that this prosecution was important because it involved criminal conduct that threatened the confidentiality of law enforcement investigations and subjected cooperating witnesses to potential retaliation.
The defendant’s charge was included in a twenty-count/twenty defendant Indictment that alleges that Michael Olsen, 36, of Milton led a large cocaine conspiracy in northwestern Vermont. The Indictment alleges that Olsen owned Rizzo Bros. automobile detailing shop on Commerce Avenue in South Burlington but operated it as a front for a multi-kilogram cocaine distribution organization. The Indictment alleges that Olsen directed others, including codefendant Andrew Bullock, 29, of Essex Junction, to mail large amounts of cash (usually over $20,000) to cocaine suppliers in California and Arizona.
As to Quesnel, the Government alleged that upon Olsen’s request and direction, Quesnel, who then worked at Sprint-Nextel, repeatedly (over 20 times) accessed phone logs of Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”) Agents and disclosed this information to Michael Olsen. The Government alleges that after Olsen determined which witnesses were in contact with DEA, Olsen discussed locating and killing one such witness. The Government also alleged that Olsen used this information to intimidate another witness he suspected of cooperating with DEA. The Government acknowledged that there was no evidence that Quesnel knew how Olsen was using this information after she disclosed it to Olsen.
This case was investigated by the DEA Burlington Resident Office Federal Task Force, which is comprised of Special Agents of the DEA, Border Patrol, Burlington Police Department, Essex Police Department, Vermont State Police, and the Chittenden and Lamoille County Sheriff's Departments. Also assisting in this investigation are federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the United States Marshals Service, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Customs and Border Protection, as well as the Burlington Police Department, Essex Police Department, Vermont State Police, Williston Police Department, Colchester Police Department, and the South Burlington Police Department.