BOSTON - A former Revere police officer was sentenced today in federal court after pleading guilty to making false statements to the FBI while being questioned about a public corruption investigation.
U.S. District Court Judge Rya Zobel sentenced Todd Randall, 40, to four months in prison, to be followed by two years of supervised release. On Jan. 22, 2010, Randall met with an FBI cooperating witness (“CW”) and accepted $200 in exchange for Randall’s assistance with a criminal case pending in state court. On the same day, agents observed Randall, who was on duty (in a police uniform and operating a marked Revere police cruiser) as he traveled to the home of the CW in Everett. Randall was observed and photographed as he exited the Revere police cruiser and entered the home of the CW.
While inside the home of the CW, Randall accepted $200 in FBI funds from the CW and then explained the efforts he would make to compromise a pending state criminal case for a friend of the CW. The interaction between the CW and Randall, including the exchange of $200, was captured through the use of a concealed audio and video recording device previously installed by the FBI in the home of the CW.
On Mar. 14, 2011, agents interviewed Randall and explained that the FBI was investigating information that Randall had assisted the CW’s friend with a court case. Randall falsely denied knowing the CW or the CW’s friend and being present at the home of the CW.
Randal also denied ever accepting money for a court case from the CW on behalf of a third individual. After being warned by the agents that withholding information or lying to the interviewing agents was a violation of federal law and that he could be prosecuted, Randall again denied ever being present at the CW’s house. Agents questioned Randall a second time about whether he accepted $200 from the CW for his assistance with a court case and Randall again denied accepting money from the CW. Once more, agents explained to Randall that lying to the interviewing agents was a federal crime for which he could be prosecuted and replied that he understood and stated, “I have no reason to lie to ya fellas.” After being questioned again about being present at the Everett home of the CW, Randall again falsely denied that he had been present at the home of the CW. Agents then asked Randall, hypothetically, if the FBI possessed a photo of a uniformed Revere police officer at the Everett home of the CW, could Randall be the officer in the photo. Randall again denied being at the home of the CW and then stated in disbelief that “if there is a photo of me I’d like to see it.”
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Richard DesLauriers, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation - Boston Field Office made the announcement today. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian T. Kelly, Chief of Ortiz’s Public Corruption Unit.
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