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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Massachusetts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 15, 2018

Two Malden Residents Charged with Defrauding Their Employer

BOSTON – Two Malden men were charged today in federal court in Boston for their roles in a wide-ranging conspiracy to defraud their employer, a large facilities services company with offices in the Greater Boston area.

Lou Amaral, 52, was charged by information with one count of conspiracy to commit honest services mail fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, one count of money laundering, and one count of tax evasion. Vence Pires, 58, was charged by information with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

According to court documents, Amaral and Pires worked for the same facilities services company in the Greater Boston area. Amaral was the supervisor of the Special Services department, and as such, he had the ability to hire employees and to contract with third-parties to provide temporary labor. Pires was an account manager who worked for Amaral in Special Services. Amaral first began by taking bribes from a temporary labor company in order to steer contracts to that company. In 2014, Amaral opened up his own temporary labor company and, with the help of Pires, awarded himself the temporary labor contracts. Through this scheme, Amaral made approximately $10 million in revenue over a three-year period, resulting in harm to his employer of more than $4 million. 

Amaral has agreed to forfeit approximately $2 million that has been seized from him.

Pires faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison, up to three years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000. Amaral faces a maximum sentence on the conspiracy and money laundering counts of up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000 on each count. Amaral faces a maximum sentence on the tax evasion count of up to five years in prison, supervised release for one year, and a fine of $100,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Kristina O’Connell, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation in Boston; and Delany De Leon-Colon, Acting Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service made the announcement today.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Rosen of Lelling’s Economic Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.

 

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Financial Fraud
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Updated June 15, 2018