A man who from 2003 to 2006 served as the Special Agent in Charge of the Boston office of the FBI has been charged with violating a federal ethics law, the Justice Department announced on Thursday.
Kenneth Kaiser, 57, was charged with one count of making prohibited post-employment contacts in a criminal information document filed in federal court in Boston.
Kaiser, who served as an assistant director at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. after his time in Boston, retired from the bureau on July 3, 2009. He became a consultant for a company named LocatePlus on the same day. According to the Justice Department, just 17 after his retirement, Kaiser had numerous conversations with FBI employees about a then-ongoing FBI investigation involving LocatePlus and the actions of its former executives. Kaiser action’s allegedly violated a law barring senior executive branch employees from making professional contacts with their former agencies for one year after leaving their positions. During that one year period, Kaiser also allegedly spoke with FBI employees about the bureau’s interest in LocatePlus’s products and services and contacted the FBI’s Boston’s office on behalf of a corporate executive who hired him after receiving a threat.
Kaiser faces up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $100,000 if convicted. The filing of a criminal information document almost always suggests that prosecutors have worked out some kind of plea deal with the defendant.