A former auto repair technician with the Boston Police Department’s (BPD) Fleet Management Division has been charged and has agreed to plead guilty in connection with a scheme to embezzle hundreds of thousands of dollars from the BPD, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts.
Bahram Gharony, 36, has agreed to plead guilty to two counts of wire fraud. A plea hearing has not yet been scheduled by the court.
Gharony is alleged to have engaged in a scheme to defraud BPD’s Fleet Management Division of over $260,000 in automotive parts, tools, and supplies between June 2017 and September 2020. Gharony allegedly used his position to order parts and supplies that he purported were for BPD, but that he actually converted and sold to others. To conceal the scheme, Gharony allegedly submitted fraudulent and altered invoices to BPD for the parts, tools, and supplies he falsely claimed were ordered for the fleet. Additionally, Gharony purported that he had lawfully purchased the items through a discount available to BPD when selling the items to others.
The charges of wire fraud each provide for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and fine of $250,000, or twice the gross gain or loss, whichever is greater.