By Sam Bonacci
Kenneth W. Kaiser, 57, of Hopkinton has been charged with making professional contact with employees at the FBI during the first year of his retirement from the agency.The charges involve a violation of a federal ethics law that prohibits senior executive branch personnel from making professional contacts with the agency in which they were employed for one year after leaving government service.
The charges were announced in a press release that lays out the details of the alleged wrong doing. Kaiser was a 27-year employee of the FBI serving as the Special Agent in Charge of the Boston office of the FBI from April 2003 through December 2006, and then as an Assistant Director at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C., until his retirement in July 2009.
According to information filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court in Boston, Kaiser was hired to consult in an investigation of corporate wrongdoing by former officials at LocatePlus on the same day he retired. According to the release, beginning 17 days after his retirement, Kaiser had numerous contacts with FBI employees regarding the FBI investigation into LocatePlus and the company’s former executives. The information also alleges that during the one-year ban period Kaiser made contact with FBI employees in an effort to generate sales to the FBI.
He also allegedly had other prohibited contacts with the FBI while working for an executive living in Gloucester who had received a threatening letter in the mail.
If convicted, KAISER faces a maximum term of imprisonment of one year and a fine of up to $100,000.
The investigation is being handles by the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Diane C. Freniere.