• Ex-Boston FBI chief to plead guilty in ethics case


    BOSTON (AP) - The former head of Boston's FBI office is expected to plead guilty to an ethics charge in a plea agreement that spares him from prison time but seeks a $15,000 fine.

    Kenneth Kaiser is expected to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge during a hearing scheduled Thursday.
    Kaiser was the special agent in charge of the Boston office from 2003 until 2006.
    Prosecutors allege that within a year of retiring in 2009 and going to work for a private company, Kaiser had professional contact with FBI agents investigating the company.
    The ethics law prohibits senior executive branch personnel from making contact with the agency they were employed by for one year after leaving government service.
    The maximum penalty is one year in prison and a $100,000 fine.

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