Former Boston Police Auto Repair Technician Agrees to Plead Guilty to Wire Fraud Charges | USAO-MA
BOSTON – A former auto repair technician with the Boston Police Department (BPD) Fleet Management Division has been charged and has agreed to plead guilty in a scheme to embezzle hundreds of thousands of dollars of BPD.
Bahram Gharony, 36, of Boston, has agreed to plead guilty to two counts of wire fraud. A plea hearing has yet to be set by the court.
According to the indictment document, Gharony allegedly engaged in a scheme to defraud BPD’s fleet management division of more than $ 260,000 in auto parts, tools and supplies between June 2017 and September 2020. It is alleged that Gharony used his position to order parts and supplies that he claimed were for BPD, but were actually converted and sold to others by Gharony. In an effort to cover up the scheme, Gharony allegedly submitted fraudulent and amended invoices to BPD for parts, tools and supplies he falsely claimed to have been ordered for the fleet. Additionally, Gharony claimed to have legally purchased the items through a discount offered to BPD when selling the items to others.
The wire fraud charges each carry a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $ 250,000, or double the gross gain or loss, whichever is greater. . Sentences are imposed by a judge in a federal district court based on US sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors.
Acting US Attorney Nathaniel R. Mendell; Joseph R. Bonavolonta, special agent in charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston division; and Acting Boston Police Commissioner Gregory Long made the announcement. Assistant US Attorney Neil J. Gallagher Jr. of Mendell’s Public Corruption and Special Prosecutions Unit is pursuing the case.
The details contained in the indictment document are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until his guilt has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt by a court.