Former Prosecutor Pleads Guilty to Destroying Evidence
BANGOR, Maine: A former Franklin County assistant district attorney pleaded guilty in federal court today to the charge of Tampering with Documents, U.S. Attorney Darcie N. McElwee announced.
According to court records, in July 2020, while Kayla Alves, 36, was employed as an assistant district attorney in the Farmington office of the Franklin County District Attorney’s Office, she deleted text message conversations between her and former Franklin County Deputy Sheriff Bradley Scovil. The deleted messages showed that Scovil had repeatedly asked Alves to use her professional position to find out if he was under investigation by law enforcement.
As alleged in United States v. Sirois et al., 21-CR-0175, currently pending before U.S. District Judge Lance E. Walker, Scovil was a ranking member of the Sirois Organization and a key participant in a conspiracy involving the illicit cultivation of marijuana, attendant financial crimes and public corruption offenses.
Alves, who ultimately did tip Scovil off to the existence of the federal probe that resulted in the Sirois indictment, admitted to deleting text messages to keep evidence of her own misconduct hidden from law enforcement.
Alves faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. She also faces up to three years of supervised release. She will be sentenced after the completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office. A federal district judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
This was a joint investigation of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Division, Portland Resident Office; the FBI’s Boston Division; and the Boston Field Office of IRS Criminal Investigation with the cooperation and support of local and state law enforcement partners.