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LOWELL MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO MAKING FALSE STATEMENTS TO FEDERAL AGENTS

FRIDAY, JANUARY 14, 2011

BOSTON, Mass. - A Lowell man was convicted today in federal court of making false statements to federal agents.

THOMAS CAIAZZO, 60, of Lowell, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge William G. Young to one count of making false statements to federal agents.

At today’s plea hearing, the prosecutor told the Court that had the case proceeded to trial the Government’s evidence would have proven that, in the summer of 2010, agents were conducting an investigation concerning individuals stealing prescription medical supplies from Massachusetts General Hospital. It was determined that one of the targets was using a UPS store in East Boston to ship the stolen supplies to Colombia. On June 28, 2010, upon observing the target ship a package to Colombia at the UPS store, agents asked CAIAZZO, the manager of the store, to inform them the next time that the target attempted to ship a package. CAIAZZO agreed to cooperate.

On July 15, 2010, the target attempted to ship another package at the UPS store. Instead of cooperating with the federal agents as agreed, CAIAZZO informed the target that he was under investigation and that he could no longer accept any packages from him. At the time, the agents were conducting surveillance on the target and observed him leave the store without shipping the package. When the agents asked CAIAZZO what had transpired, CAIAZZO stated that he had no idea why the target left without shipping the package. Agents later confronted CAIAZZO again, and this time CAIAZZO admitted that he had tipped the target off and that he had lied to the agents on July 15th. CAIAZZO’s actions effectively terminated the investigation.

Judge Young scheduled sentencing for April 14, 2011. CAIAZZO faces up to five years imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release and a $ 250,000 fine.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz, Bruce M. Foucart, Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Office of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston and Mark Dragonetti, Special Agent in Charge of the Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Criminal Investigations made the announcement today. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David S. Schumacher of Ortiz’s Health Care Fraud Unit.

 

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