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September 13, 2013

Ex-head of FBI Boston office facing ethics charge

BOSTON — The former head of the Boston’s FBI office was charged Thursday with violating a federal ethics law by having professional contact with former colleagues within a year of leaving government service.

Kenneth Kaiser, of Hopkinton, Mass., is charged with making prohibited post-employment contacts. The charge was announced by Deirdre Daly, acting U.S. attorney for Connecticut, and Michael Horowitz, inspector general for the U.S. Department of Justice.

Kaiser, 57, was special agent in charge of the FBI’s Boston office from 2003 until 2006, when he left to become an assistant director at FBI headquarters in Washington.

Prosecutors say that within a year of retiring from the FBI in July 2009 and going to work for a private company, Kaiser had professional contact electronically, via telephone and in person with FBI agents investigating the company.

Kaiser is also accused of having additional improper contacts with the Boston FBI office regarding a threatening letter received by a corporate executive in Gloucester who had hired Kaiser in August 2009.

Messages seeking comment were left at Kaiser’s home. His attorney, Tony Fuller, declined to comment on the case but noted that Kaiser is not accused of criminal intent.

Kaiser, who worked for the FBI for 27 years, faces a maximum of one year in prison and a fine of up to $100,000 fine on the misdemeanor charge.

The ethics law prohibits senior executive branch personnel from making professional contacts with the agency they were employed by for one year after leaving government service.

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