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December 18, 2013

Ex-FBI official fined $10,000 for ethics lapse

BOSTON (AP) — The former head of the FBI’s Boston office was ordered yesterday to pay a $10,000 fine for trying to influence FBI agents investigating the private company he was working for within a year of his 2009 retirement from the agency.

Kenneth Kaiser Jr., 57, of Hopkinton, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV in Boston. Kaiser pleaded guilty in October to a misdemeanor charge.

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. In a sentencing memo, Kaiser’s lawyer, Anthony Fuller, said Kaiser believed at the time that the communications he had with the FBI were permissible under the law.

After Kaiser pleaded guilty, Fuller said most of the communications Kaiser made were on behalf of two crime victims. He said Kaiser hadn’t used secret means or back channels to contact former colleagues and even attended a meeting at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston related to one of the cases.

After he retired in 2009, prosecutors said Kaiser took a consulting job with LocatePlus Holdings Corp. 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.

Kaiser, a 27-year employee of the FBI, served as assistant director of the agency’s Criminal Investigation Division in Washington, D.C., for the last two years of his career. Before that, he was the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Boston office from 2003 through 2006.

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