Monday, January 28, 2013
The 35-year-old man pleaded guilty to wire fraud after making unauthorized credit card purchases and cash advances.
A Watertown man received a sentence of more than three years in prison for stealing more than $1 million from his former employer, Iron Mountain. John J. Palandjian, 35, was given a 41 month (3 year, 5 month) sentence from Federal Court Judge Mark L. Wolf, according to U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz's office. He will also have three years of supervised release and must pay $7,500 in fines and pay $1.148 million in restitution. Palandjian pleaded guilty to 10 counts of wire fraud in October 2012, after being accused of stealing the money from his employer. According to a release from Ortiz's office: From August 2010 to June 2011, Palandjian used Iron Mountain’s credit card to make unauthorized purchases and cash advances in excess of $1,148,000…
Monday, August 13, 2012
A federal district court judge ruled that the trial over the ownership of Dr. Kevorkian's artworks can go ahead in Massachusetts District Federal Cout.
Artwork painted by the late-Dr. Jack Kevorkian has spawned controversy, as the Watetown-based Armenian Library and Museum of America claims ownership of 17 of Kevorkian's work, but his estate claims ownership, too. Last week, a Massachusetts Federal Court judge ruled that the disagreement can be settled in Boston's federal court house. According to a post on the Boston.com, Chief Judge Mark Wolf ruled that because the paintings are in Massachusetts, and because Kevorkian made a trip to the Bay State before his death, that gives the court jurisdiction to hear the case. Court documents show the two sides must report back to the court whether an agreement has been reached by Aug. 30. There is a scheduling hearing for the case set for May 27…
Friday, December 23, 2011
The 52-year-old Watertown woman must also pay $45,000 for taking the money and tax evasion.
Former Watertown Middle School employee Sharon Cardarelli, 52, was sentenced to six months in prison and must pay $45,000 in restitution for taking federal funding and filing false tax returns in Boston Federal Court on Thursday. Cardarelli, who was employed in a financial position at Watertown Middle School, orchestrated a theft scheme involving the submission of bogus time sheets of Watertown, according to the U.S. Attorney's office. Among her job responsibilities, Cardarelli processed the payroll for substitute teachers who worked at the middle school. While processing the payroll she prepared time sheets for substitutes and for authorizing those time sheets once completed and signed by the substitute. Cardarelli then sent the …
Thursday, December 15, 2011
The 20-year-old was arraigned Tuesday in Boston Federal Court after an incident on a Delta flight last month.
A 20-year-old Watertown man was arrested and arraigned in Boston Federal Court after he allegedly attacked a passenger on a flight from Logan Airport to Amsterdam. Kurt Haberstroh reportedly physically attacked a traveling companion, yelled profanities, insulted the flight crew and failed to follow the crew's directions on the Delta Airlines Flight 230, according to a release by the U.S. Attorney's office. Federal agents on the flight took Haberstroh into custody, and when he arrived in Amsterdam he was denied entry and was returned to the United States, according to the release. He faces charges of interfering with the performance of duties of a flight crew member or flight attendant, the U.S. Attorney's office said. Haberstroh was …
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Martin J. Kestler, a former controller at a Cambridge advertising agency, pleaded guilty in Boston's Federal Court.
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Wednesday, November 2, 2011
The following release was sent out by United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz's office: A Watertown man was convicted Monday in federal court of bank fraud and forging securities charges in connection with his theft of more than $409,000 from the Cambridge company for which he served as controller. Martin J. Kestler, 39, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Denise J. Casper to five counts of bank fraud and five counts of uttering forged securities. Had the case proceeded to trial the Government’s evidence would have proven that Kestler was employed as the controller at Seidler Bernstein, Inc. (SBI), a Cambridge-based advertising agency specializing in the health care field. Between 2007 and 2010, Kestler forged his employer…
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Aftab Ali charged with fraud and making false statements to immigration officials.
Aftab Ali, the 28 year old former Watertown resident linked to the planned car bombing of Time Square, faces charges of immigration document fraud and making false statements to Immigration Customs Enforcement, after a complaint was filed Tuesday in Boston Federal Court. Federal investigators found that Ali had received cell phone calls from Faisal Shahzad, a Pakistani-American who admitted to parking an sport utility vehicle filled with explosives in New York City's Times Square on May 1, 2010, according to testimony submitted to Federal Court on Nov. 4 by ICE agent Timothy Irving. Phone records also show Shahzad made calls to the Mobil gas station in Brookline where Ali worked, according to court documents. Ali also borrowed $5,000 from …