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Merrimack Valley

November 7, 2012

Perjury trial for Laboy's son set for January

SALEM, Mass. — Unable to reach a plea deal, Wilfredo Laboy II, son of the convicted Lawrence public school superintendent, is now scheduled to go on trial for perjury in January.

Laboy II, 37, is charged with lying to an Essex County Grand Jury on Sept. 16, 2009. The grand jury then was investigating the elder Laboy, who on March 22 was found guilty of felony fraud and embezzlement charges. Lawrence superintendent for nearly 10 years, Laboy was convicted of abusing public resources for personal gain and having school employees run his personal errands.

Laboy II is the fourth and final person with a pending criminal case centered around the school scandal. His trial is scheduled to start on Jan. 29, with a final pre-trial court appearance on Jan. 15, according to court records.

Lawyers involved in his case previously had a lobby conference with Judge John Lu in Superior Court. At least one deal was on the table, the details of which were not discussed in open court. Defense attorney Scott Gleason previously said Laboy II was “very appreciative” of a plea offer but the case is now being readied for trial.

If convicted of perjury, Laboy II faces 2 1/2 years in the house of correction or up to 20 years in state prison.

Prosecutor Maureen Wilson Leal filed a potential witness list for the trial, which is expected to last 4 or 5 days.

Possible witnesses include the elderly Laboy, a host of current and former school department employees, police officers and Mark Rivera, Laboy’s former special assistant who pleaded guilty to larceny charges connected to the case. Rivera was the prosecution’s star witness at Laboy’s fraud and embezzlement trial.

Record keepers from three car services, Liberty, Methuen and Apple, may also be called to testify, Leal indicated in court papers.

The elder Laboy was convicted, in part, for having school department employees driving his son to work after he lost his license for drunken driving for two years.

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