BOSTON- Eric J. Tetler, 41, of Derry, N.H., pleaded guilty before Chief U.S. District Judge Mark L. Wolf to making false statements to federal law enforcement agents.
At today’s plea hearing, the prosecutor told the Court that on several occasions during October 2006 and November 2006, Tetler knowingly made material false statements to individuals he knew were special agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service who Tetler knew were conducting a criminal investigation of Joseph Pingaro, Jr. (who was subsequently indicted separately). The evidence would have proven that Tetler knowingly gave a false account of why his company Windfield Alloy had issued a $75,000 check to Pingaro’s company J&J Metals and of what Tetler received in return for the $75,000 check.
Judge Wolf scheduled sentencing for Feb. 22, 2012. Tetler faces up to five years in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Richard DesLauriers, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation - Boston Field Division; and William P. Offord, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation in Boston made the announcement today. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael L. Tabak of Ortiz’s Organized Crime Strike Force Unit.
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