Former Head of Boston FBI to Plead Guilty Today
Accused of Violating Federal Ethics Codes After Retirement, Kaiser Faces $15,000 Fine
Published: Thursday, October 3, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 3, 2013 00:10
Kenneth Kaiser, a former special agent who was in charge of the FBI’s Boston office from 2003 to 2006, is expected to plead guilty today to misdemeanor charges leveled against him earlier this month for violating federal ethics codes.
Kaiser, 57, worked for the FBI for a total of 27 years before retiring from his final position as assistant director of the agency at its headquarters in Washington D.C. in July of 2009. Immediately following his retirement, his experience as an investigator of white-collar crimes earned him a job at LocatePlus, a private Beverly-based company that manages an online investigative database system that allows users to access public and non-public records and information about persons or things or interest, including information about sex offenders, professional licenses, common residencies, relatives, and neighbors. In March 2010, he was given a full-time position as director of government sales.
As an employee of LocatePlus, he was tasked with looking into the wrongdoings of two former executives at LocatePlus—then CEO Jon Latorella and CFO James T. Fields. He was also tasked with raising the company’s government sales as the director of government sales.
Within 17 days of assuming his new position, the Hopkinton, Mass. native had breached a law that prohibits retired senior executive branch personnel from making contact with the agency they were employed by for one year after leaving government service. Kaiser made several of these prohibited post-employment contacts in order to investigate the new company for which he was working.
According to prosecutors, the former FBI employee made “numerous prohibited electronic, telephonic and in-person contacts with FBI employees regarding a then-ongoing FBI investigation involving LocatePlus.”
Although Kaiser had been working in Washington at the time of his retirement, the agents with whom he had unethical communication were employees of the Boston FBI office, and prosecutors added that he had “additional improper contacts” on behalf of one of his clients who had requested help in dealing with a threatening letter in Gloucester during August of 2009. Furthermore, in order to generate sales for LocatePlus as part of his new role for the company, he used his FBI connections in order to estimate government interest in the company’s services.
When reached for comment by The Boston Globe, Kaiser’s attorney, Anthony Fuller of Collora LLP, said, “It should be noted that the government does not allege any criminal intent on his part.”
LocatePlus, nevertheless, will be listed as a victim during the procession of the case, which prosecutors hope will help the public image of the company.
While Kaiser originally faced the maximum misdemeanor charges of up to $100,000 in fines and up to a year in prison, he has now agreed to plead guilty as part of an agreement in which prosecutors advised that he receive $15,000 in fines and no jail time. The terms of this new deal were explained on Wednesday in U.S. District Court. Kaiser is due in federal court today for a change-of-plea hearing.