Former Boston FBI office head charged with making improper contacts with agency after retirement

B0ston, MA---6/6/05---United States Attorney Michael Sullivan (right) and Kenneth Kaiser special agent in charge of the FBI in New England after announcing today at the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse that Thomas Finneran the former Speaker of Massachusetts House of Representatives is being charged with committing perjury and obstructing justice while testifying in a civil case which claimed that the former Speaker and others intentionally discriminated against minority voters in the City of Boston. Boston Globe staff photo by Matthew J. Lee.
Kenneth Kaiser, left, after a 2005 news conference with then-US Attorney Michael Sullivan at the federal courthouse in Boston
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A former head of the Boston FBI office is facing a charge of violating a federal ethics law prohibiting senior personnel from making professional contacts with their agency for one year after they leave government service, federal prosecutors said today.

Kenneth W. Kaiser, 57, of Hopkinton faces one count of making prohibited post-employment contacts, the US attorney for Connecticut said in a statement.

Kaiser headed the Boston office from April 2003 through December 2006 before becoming an assistant director at FBI headquarters in Washington until retiring in July 2009, prosecutors said.

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According to a criminal information filed in his case, Kaiser was hired as a consultant for a company the same day that he retired from the FBI. The company, which he later joined full-time, hired him to handle an internal investigation regarding “corporate wrongdoing” by two former executives.

Beginning just 17 days after he retired, prosecutors allege, Kaiser had numerous prohibited contacts with FBI employees regarding an FBI investigation of the company and the actions of its former executives.

During the one-year ban period, Kaiser also allegedly had contacts with FBI employees in an effort to gauge the FBI’s interests in the company’s products and services.

Kaiser also did work for a corporate executive living in Gloucester who had received a threatening letter in the mail. Working on the executive’s behalf, had additional improper contacts with the Boston FBI office, prosecutors alleged.

The maximum sentence Kaiser faces, if convicted, is one year in prison and a fine of up to $100,000, prosecutors said.