Former Boston FBI chief pleads guilty in ethics case

Dr. Q

Last week, the Associated Press reported this story:

A retired FBI official who once supervised all of the agency’s U.S. criminal probes and ran its Boston office pleaded guilty to an ethics charge Thursday following an agreement that recommends a $15,000 fine but no prison time.

Kenneth Kaiser Jr. faces sentencing in December in federal court in Boston, where a judge released him on his own recognizance following his plea to the misdemeanor charge of trying to influence FBI agents investigating the private company he was working for within a year of his 2009 retirement from the agency.

An ethics law prohibits senior executive branch personnel from professional contact with the agency they were employed by for one year after leaving government service.

Prosecutors have said that Kaiser took a consulting job with LocatePlus Holdings Corp. on the day he retired from the FBI to conduct an internal probe into misconduct by two former company executives and to help sell the company’s products and services to the government.

Authorities said the FBI was investigating a securities fraud case involving the two executives. They said Kaiser tried to expedite the agency’s investigation, lobbied for the indictment of the two executives and encouraged the FBI to investigate potential wrongdoing by a third party.

Prosecutors also said Kaiser made improper contact with the Boston FBI office after a Gloucester businessman hired him to investigate a threatening letter he’d received.

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