Former Head Of Boston Fbi Charged With Violating Criminal Ethics Law
Deirdre M. Daly, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Michael E. Horowitz, Inspector General for the Department of Justice, today announced that a former Assistant Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Criminal Investigative Division has been charged with violating a federal ethics law that prohibits senior executive branch personnel from making professional contacts with the agency in which they were employed for one year after leaving government service.
In an Information that was filed today in U.S. District Court in Boston, KENNETH W. KAISER, 57, of Hopkinton, Mass., is charged with one count of making prohibited post-employment contacts. KAISER, a 27-year employee of the FBI, served as the Special Agent in Charge of the Boston office of the FBI from April 2003 through December 2006, and then as an Assistant Director at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C., until his retirement in July 2009.
According to the Information, on July 3, 2009, the same day that he retired from the FBI, KAISER was hired as a consultant by LocatePlus to handle an internal investigation regarding corporate wrongdoing by the company’s former Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, and to help generate government sales for the company’s products and services. In March 2010, KAISER became a full-time employee of LocatePlus, holding the title Director of Government Sales. Beginning just 17 days after his retirement, KAISER had numerous prohibited electronic, telephonic and in-person contacts with FBI employees regarding a then-ongoing FBI investigation involving LocatePlus and the actions of its former executives. During the one-year ban period, KAISER also had prohibited contacts with FBI employees in an effort to gauge the FBI’s interest in LocatePlus’ products and services in an attempt to generate sales to the FBI.
As further alleged in the Information, in August 2009, KAISER was hired by a corporate executive living in Gloucester, Mass., who had received a threatening letter in the mail. Working on behalf of this individual, KAISER had additional improper contacts with the FBI Boston office.
If convicted, KAISER faces a maximum term of imprisonment of one year and a fine of up to $100,000.
This matter is being investigated by the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Diane C. Freniere.
Acting U.S. Attorney Daly stressed that the details contained in the Information are allegations, and a defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
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