She then told Calixto to lie to FBI agents, saying Lopez had paid the $4,000 for a snow plow but he had forgotten he got paid because he was drunk. Calixto, when he testified, acknowledged he had a drinking problem.
Colon later told police she fabricated the receipt and made up the payment story.
When he’s sentenced, Lopez faces up to 20 years in prison on the obstruction charge, up to 10 years on the bribery charge and five years maximum for lying to a federal agent. He can also be fined up to $250,000 on each charge.
Until sentencing, Lopez can only leave the state to go to Salem, N.H. to do errands. He has already turned in his expired passport to the federal probation office in Boston. He must now call the probation office on a daily basis and visit the office weekly pending sentencing, federal Judge Mark Wolf ordered Tuesday.
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