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FORMER LAW ENFORCEMENT ANALYST SENTENCED FOR HARASSING FORMER GIRLFRIEND AND FALSELY IMPLICATING HER IN A DRUG INVESTIGATION

TUESDAY, MARCH 9, 2010

BOSTON, MA - A former Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) task force analyst was sentenced today in federal court to 18 months imprisonment, for illegally accessing driver’s license records, wire fraud and lying and altering records in a federal investigation.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Glenn A. Fine, Inspector General of the United States Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General, announced today that EARL S. HOFFMAN, Jr., age 41, formerly of Lowell, MA, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV to 18 months imprisonment, to be followed by 36 months of supervised release. As conditions of his supervised release, Judge Saylor ordered HOFFMAN to have no contact with the victims in this case; stay at least 1,000 yards away from the victims; and he may not seek or accept any law enforcement or private security employment.

HOFFMAN pled guilty to wire fraud, violating the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act, making false statements, and creating false and altered records in a federal investigation on October 2, 2009. He has been held in custody since he was arrested in January, 2009 when he entered the United States at the Vermont/Canada border.

At the earlier plea hearing, the prosecutor told the Court that had the case proceeded to trial the Government’s evidence would have proven that in 2007, HOFFMAN was assigned by the Massachusetts National Guard to work at a United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) office in Worcester, to collect and analyze information for drug-related criminal investigations by a task force. In late May 2007, HOFFMAN used this position to access the driver’s license and criminal history records for a woman identified as “B.P.”, who had taken out a restraining order against him approximately two years earlier. After accessing B.P.’s records, HOFFMAN sent B.P.’s son an e-mail containing B.P.’s driver’s license photograph and an insult to B.P. HOFFMAN made the e-mail look as if it had been sent by B.P.’s then-current boyfriend. After a series of similar communications, in late August 2007, HOFFMAN pretended again to be B.P.’s current boyfriend and sent the boyfriend and B.P.’s son an electronic message that included B.P.’s driver’s license photograph and a pornographic picture of an unidentified female’s body.

When the DEA inquired into the matter, HOFFMAN lied that he had accessed B.P.’s records as part of a legitimate drug investigation and he supported the lie by producing a telephone company report that he had altered to falsely link B.P.’s telephone number to a drug suspect in an ongoing drug investigation. HOFFMAN also entered information about B.P. into a local DEA database. HOFFMAN took these actions to falsely implicate B.P. in a crime and justify accessing her records.

The case was investigated by the Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Scott L. Garland of Ortiz’s Computer Crime Unit and Jeffrey M. Cohen of Ortiz’s Public Corruption Unit.

 

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