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Merrimack Valley

April 24, 2013

Business owner charged with obstruction

BOSTON — An Andover man has been charged with obstructing a grand jury investigation by altering and deleting documents from his computer.

Kamlesh Patel, 48, was charged with obstruction by destruction and alteration of documents in connection with a grand jury investigation.

It is alleged that Patel received a grand jury subpoena for records relating to his business dealings with another company and relating to claims that the other company was a service-disabled, veteran-owned and operated business. Allegedly, Patel was aware that he had documents on his computer that were responsive to the subpoena and that were relevant to the pending investigation. Patel nonetheless deleted documents on his computer that were responsive to the grand jury subpoena.

The statutory maximum sentence for the charge is 20 years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss from the crime, whichever is greater. In the event of a conviction, any actual sentence will be determined by the assigned federal judge.

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