Queens Man Sentenced to Three Years’ Imprisonment for Bribery and Fraud
Earlier today, at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, Charles Gallman, also known as “T.A.,” was sentenced by United States District Judge Carol Bagley Amon to three years’ imprisonment for conspiring to violate the Travel Act by bribing a witness to testify falsely in a double-homicide trial in Suffolk County Supreme Court, and for conspiring to make false statements to the Bureau of Prisons (BOP). Gallman pleaded guilty to the charges on November 8, 2018.
Richard P. Donoghue, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and William F. Sweeney, Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office (FBI), announced the sentence.
“Gallman was the driving force behind brazen criminal conduct designed to undermine our criminal justice system,” stated United States Attorney Donoghue. “Today, the defendant has been held accountable, thanks to the outstanding work of this Office’s prosecutors and our law enforcement partners.” Mr. Donoghue expressed his grateful appreciation to the Offices of the Queens County and Suffolk County District Attorneys for their assistance in the investigation.
The charges in the case stemmed from an investigation led by the Queens County District Attorney’s Office. Court-authorized intercepted communications between Gallman and an attorney revealed the two plotting to bribe a witness, Luis Cherry, to testify falsely in a criminal trial against Reginald Ross in Suffolk County. Ross was ultimately convicted of murdering two men in separate attacks in 2010. The intercepted communications also captured Gallman scheming with three others co-conspirators, including another attorney, to defraud the BOP by submitting a fraudulent letter to help an inmate obtain early release from prison.
The government’s case is being handled by the Office’s Organized Crime and Gangs Section. Assistant United States Attorneys Andrey Spektor and Lindsay K. Gerdes are in charge of the prosecution.
Charles Gallman (also known as “T.A.”)
Queens, New York
E.D.N.Y. Docket No. 18-CR-123 (CBA)