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News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 7, 2003

Woburn Electronics Company Owner Sentenced for Participating in Computer Theft Ring

Boston, MA….A Revere man was sentenced today following his earlier conviction by a federal trial jury for his participation in a scheme to steal interstate shipments of computer related products.

Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in New England; Gordon S. Heddell, Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General, Office of Labor Racketeering; Paul F. Evans, Commissioner of the Boston Police Department and United States Attorney Michael J. Sullivan announced that Bruce Scott ZISKIND, age 45 of Revere, Massachusetts, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Douglas P. Woodlock to 63 months in prison, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release, and a $7,500 fine. On February 12, 2003, ZISKIND was convicted by a federal jury on one count of conspiracy and two counts of theft of goods in interstate commerce.

Evidence presented during the nine-day trial proved that ZISKIND, who owned and operated Tufts Electronics Co. located at 67 Cummings Park in Woburn, Massachusetts, participated with convicted Charlestown resident John "Mick" Murray in a scheme to steal computer related shipments from the United Parcel Service (UPS) facility located in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. The scheme utilized UPS drivers who were members of Local 25 of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) also located in Charlestown. Murray used his affiliation with IBT Local 25 to organize a group of drivers to steal shipments from their delivery trucks and from the Chelmsford facility. ZISKIND identified valuable shipments to the drivers and operated as a "fence" "for the group.

John Joseph Murray, a/k/a "Mick" Murray, age 47, of Charlestown, Massachusetts, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Reginald C. Lindsay on November 12, 2002, to 9 years and 4 months' incarceration for his role in the scheme and other charges. Murray had pleaded guilty on July 1, 2002 to twelve counts of racketeering, extortion, embezzlement, and interstate transportation of stolen property.

The case was investigated by the; the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Inspector General, Office of Labor Racketeering; the Massachusetts State Police; detectives with the Boston Police Department's Major Case Unit; and agents with the Everett Police Department.

 

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