United States Attorney Honors Federal, State & Local Law Enforcement Personnel in Awards Ceremony

    BOSTON, Mass., April 8 /PRNewswire/ -- United States Attorney Michael J.
 Sullivan announced today that he would be recognizing over one hundred
 federal agents and state and local police officers at the U.S. Attorney's
 Office's Eighth Annual Law Enforcement Awards Ceremony to be held at the U.S.
 Courthouse in Boston.  The U.S. Attorney will also be presenting members of
 law enforcement with Victims' Rights Week Awards.
     The individuals will be receiving awards for their work on task forces
 and significant cases prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office.
 Additionally, awards will be given to members of law enforcement for their
 outstanding work with victims in certain criminal prosecutions.  All award
 recipients were nominated by Assistant U.S. Attorneys for their outstanding
 work and selected by the U.S. Attorney.
     "It is a distinct honor and pleasure to pause and reflect upon so many
 jobs well done," commented U.S. Attorney Sullivan. "The pace, complexity and
 scope of the investigations brought in the District of Massachusetts are a
 true testament to the quality of our investigative partners in federal, state
 and local law enforcement agencies. I want to thank and commend all of
 today's honorees as well as the Assistant U.S. Attorneys who ensured the
 successful prosecution of these cases."
     Among those recognized today are Special Agents from the DEA and IRS
 along with members of the Massachusetts State Police, including Colonel
 Thomas J. Foley, for their work on what became a twelve year "project" - the
 dismantling of the Winter Hill Gang led by Stephen "the Rifleman" Flemmi and
 James "Whitey" Bulger. Commencing in 1991, the case resulted in the
 prosecutions and convictions of approximately 50 individuals ranging from
 bookmakers and loansharks to the leaders of both La Cosa Nostra and the
 Winter Hill Gang.  Notable among these were the convictions of Stephen
 Flemmi, Frank Salemme, John Martorano, and Kevin Weeks. The case exposed the
 corrupt relationship between FBI informants James Bulger and Stephen Flemmi
 and their longtime "handler" FBI agent John Connolly, and was a key factor
 leading to the revision of the Attorney General's Guidelines for the use of
 informants. In related cases, Connolly was convicted of racketeering and
 Richard Schneiderhan, a corrupt state police lieutenant, was convicted of
 obstruction of justice.  Finally, the case also resulted in the forfeiture of
 approximately $7.5 million including James Bulger's share of a Mass Millions
 lottery ticket worth approximately $1.9 million.
     Also among those being recognized today are members of the Massachusetts,
 New Hampshire and Vermont State Police, the Marshfield Police Department, the
 New Hampshire Department of Safety's Division of Motor Vehicles, and the FBI
 for their extraordinary cooperative multi-state investigative efforts that led
 to the apprehension, conviction and December 2003, sentencing of Gary Lee
 Sampson to death. Sampson pleaded guilty to two counts of carjacking resulting
 in murder.  Sampson's conviction was in connection to his murder spree that
 took place in the Summer of 2001.  On July 24, 2001, Sampson abducted his
 first victim, 69 year old Philip McCloskey, at knife point, forced him to
 drive to a wooded area in Marshfield, and stabbed the Mr. McCloskey 24 times.
 A few days later, Sampson carjacked 19 year old college student, Jonathan
 Rizzo from the Plymouth waterfront, forced him to drive to a campsite in
 Abington, tied Mr. Rizzo to a tree and stabbed him to death.  Sampson then
 fled Massachusetts for the states of New Hampshire and Vermont.  Prior to his
 arrest on July 31st, Sampson strangled Robert Whitney to death in Meredith,
 New Hampshire and attempted to carjack another person in Vermont.
     Another investigative team receiving recognition today is that comprised
 of members from the FBI, ATF, Massachusetts State Police, Lawrence Police
 Department, Essex County Sheriff's Department and the Massachusetts Department
 of Correction for their efforts in Operation Outlaw which focused on the
 Lawrence based Immortal Outlaw Street gang.  With the vacuum created by the
 prosecution of the Outlaws' long-time rivals, the Latin Gangsta Deciples
 ("LGD"), the Outlaws were able to expand their size and geographic areas
 becoming active in North Lawrence once considered LGD strongholds.  Outlaw
 numbers were strengthened both by their ability to increase the number of
 recruits going into the so-called "Baby Outlaws" and by the defection of
 members from other gangs.  As a result of these developments, the FBI's North
 Shore Gang Task Force targeted the Outlaws as the next gang to be prosecuted
 in Lawrence. The Task Force made cases against nearly all of the leaders of
 the gang, several of its principal drug suppliers, and some of its most
 violent members and associates.  In addition, they built a drug trafficking
 case against the leader of the Outlaws, who was in prison, based on calls that
 were monitored by the Essex County Sheriff's Department and the Massachusetts
 Department of Correction.  As a result of this work, 12 indictments were
 handed down in September, 2002 that included charges against almost the entire
 leadership. Substantial numbers of firearms and amounts of drugs and cash and
 an alligator were also seized based on searches conducted in conjunction with
 the takedown.  All of the leaders of the Outlaws have now been sentenced.
 Prison terms in this investigation have generally exceeded 10 years with
 several leaders approaching 20 years.
     Today the U.S. Attorney also recognized members of the DEA, Massachusetts
 State Police and the FBI for their work with victims in criminal prosecutions,
 including the families of the ten victims murdered by Stephen Flemmi.
     During the week of April 18th through the 24th, crime victims and
 survivors, victim service providers, criminal and juvenile justice
 professionals, and community volunteers will join together across America to
 commemorate the 24th anniversary of National Crime Victims' Rights Week.  When
 National Crime Victims' Week was first proclaimed in 1980, crime victims had
 few participatory rights in our nation's criminal and juvenile justice
 systems. Assistance and services were limited and countless victims endured
 their trauma and pain alone. Since that time, the victim assistance field has
 worked to ensure that crime victims are treated with compassion and respect;
 that they are informed of their rights and involved in justice processes as
 more than just witnesses; and that they are aware of victim assistance and
 compensation programs that can help them cope with the aftermath of crime.
 Over 30,000 laws have been passed at the federal, state and local levels that
 promote victims' rights and services, including constitutional amendments in
 33 states.  Today, over 10,000 national, state and local organizations provide
 quality services and assistance to victims of crime.
 
     Following is a list of today's Law Enforcement Awards recipients:
 
     U.S. v. Joseph Booker & Jason
      Jordan
       Michael Curran, Special Agent
        Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,
        Firearms and Explosives
 
     Bayer and GlaxoSmithKline
      Investigation
       David Furtado, Special Agent
        Office of Inspector General,
        Department of Health and Human
        Services
 
     U.S. v. Eric Donnelly, et al.
       Christa Snyder, Special Agent     Maureen Robinson, Federal Bureau of
        Federal Bureau of Investigation   Investigation Postal Inspection
                                          Service
     U.S. v. Deleon
       Kevin Jarvis, Special Agent
        Immigration and Customs
        Enforcement
 
     U.S. v. Rocha
       Vance Ely, Special Agent          Stephen Wells, Special Agent
        Social Security Administration,   Social Security Administration,
        Office of Inspector General       Office of Inspector General
       Glen Fitzpatrick, Special Agent
        Immigration and Customs
        Enforcement
 
     Flemmi/Bulger Case
       Col. Thomas J. Foley,              Thomas Duffy, Major
        Superintendent                     Massachusetts State Police
        Massachusetts State Police        John Tutungian, Detective Lieutenant
       Stephen Johnson, Lieutenant         Massachusetts State Police
        Massachusetts State Police        David Lazarus, Special Agent
       Daniel Doherty, Special Agent       Internal Revenue Service
        Drug Enforcement Administration
       Sandra Lemanski, Special Agent
        Internal Revenue Service
 
     U.S. v. Anthony Snow
       Sharon Huber, Special Agent        Christopher Peet, Special Agent
        Federal Bureau of Investigation    Federal Bureau of Investigation
       Edward Kappler, Special Agent      Brian Dunn, Police Officer
        Federal Bureau of Investigation    Boston Police Department
       David O'Sullivan, Police           Richard Walker, Detective
        Officer Boston Police Department   Boston Police Department
       William McLean, Police Officer     Peter Silva, Sergeant
        Boston Police Department           Massachusetts State Police
       Cara Graham, Analyst               Maureen O'Connell, Senior
        New England State Police          Investigator
        Network                            Massachusetts Insurance Fraud
       Dennis Leahy, Investigator          Bureau
        Massachusetts Insurance Fraud
        Bureau
 
     Charlestown/Teamster Case
       Steven Mitchell, Special Agent     Richard Cowan, Special Agent
        Department of Labor                Department of Labor
       Barbara Cavanaugh, Special Agent   Nikitis Splagounias, Special Agent
        Department of Labor                Department of Labor
       Joseph Desmond, Special Agent      Joseph Sirignano, Detective
        Drug Enforcement Administration    Boston Police Department
 
     U.S. v Timothy Mello, et al
       John O'Neil, Chief                 Nelson DeGouveia, Captain
        Bristol County Sheriff's Office    Bristol County Sheriff's Office
       Glenn Neto, Detective Sergeant     Laurie McGunagle, Special Agent
        Somerset Police Department         Internal Revenue Service
       Ron Godlewski, Special Agent       Robert Doherty, Special Agent
        Internal Revenue Service           Federal Bureau of Investigation
       Barry P. Jenkins, Postal           David Madigan, Special Agent
       Inspector                           Federal Bureau of Investigation
        Postal Inspection Service
 
     U.S. v. Teresa Smith
       Jean Zaniewski, Postal             James Dugan, Detective
       Inspector                           West Boylston Police Department
        Postal Inspection Service
 
     U.S. v. Richard Callipari and
      Thomas Connolly
       John Caldwell, Special Agent
        Federal Bureau of Investigation
 
     Outstanding Contributions in
      ERISA cases, MEWA Health care
      fraud case, unemployment
      program fraud cases and federal
      disability fraud cases,
      including: U.S. v. Clancy, et
      al; U.S. v. Homsy; U.S. v.
      Deitz; U.S. v. Fava; U.S. v.
      Benilde Andrade; U.S. v.
      Arcadipane; and U.S. v.
      Donovan, et al.
       Michael J. Ford, Investigator
        Massachusetts Division of
        Employment (formerly Special
        Agent with Department of Labor,
        Office of Labor Racketeering)
 
     U.S. v. Joseph DiFlumera
       Barbara Cavanaugh, Special         Joseph G. Sirignano, Detective
       Agent                               Boston Police Department
        Department of Labor, Office of
        Labor Racketeering
       Daniel R. Romanzo, Special Agent   Kimberly Jo Awkerman, Special Agent
        Federal Bureau of Investigation    Federal Bureau of Investigation
 
     U.S. v. Vantage Group, et.al.
       Beth Ann Irvine, Special Agent     Alan Douillette, Postal Inspector
        Office of Inspector General,       U.S. Postal Inspection Service
        U.S. Postal Inspection Service
       Thomas Lyons, Internal Control
       Specialist
        U.S. Postal Inspection Service
 
     Outstanding Contributions to
      Federal Law Enforcement in
      Western Massachusetts
      Robert Olsen, Special Agent         Gregory Wales, Special Agent
      Drug Enforcement Administration      Drug Enforcement Administration
 
     U.S. v. Metalor USA Refining
      Corp.
       Andrew Moore, Special Agent
        Immigration and Customs
        Enforcement
 
     U.S. v. Thomas Zazulak
       Richard Yee, Special Agent         Sandra Lemanski, Special Agent
        Internal Revenue Service,          Internal Revenue Service, Criminal
        Criminal Investigation             Investigation
       William Buckner, Special Agent     Jean Zaniewski, Special Agent
        Internal Revenue Service,          Internal Revenue Service, Criminal
        Criminal Investigation             Investigation
 
     Operation Outlaw
       Mark Karangekis, Special Agent     Jeff Wood, Special Agent
        Federal Bureau of Investigation    Federal Bureau of Investigation
       Tracey Flaherty, Analyst           Tony Thurman, Special Agent
        Federal Bureau of Investigation    Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,
       Don Kennefick, Lieutenant           Firearms and Explosives
        Massachusetts State Police        Daniel Risteen, Sergeant
       Francis Hughes, Sergeant            Massachusetts State Police
        Massachusetts State Police        Thomas McCarthy, Sergeant
       Richard Ball, Trooper               Massachusetts State Police
        Massachusetts State Police        Ernest Doherty, Sergeant
       Frank Montanez, Sergeant            Massachusetts State Police
        Massachusetts State Police        Mario Millet, Trooper
       Paul Horgan, Trooper                Massachusetts State Police
        Massachusetts State Police        Richard Brooks, Detective
       Tony Turco, Deputy Sheriff          Lawrence Police Department
        Essex County Sheriff's            Tim McGuire, Deputy Sheriff
        Department                         Essex County Sheriff's Department
       Luis Melendez, Officer
        Massachusetts Department of
        Correction
 
     Operation Last Call
       Vincent Kelly, Special Agent       Dennis Barton, Special Agent
        Drug Enforcement Administration    Drug Enforcement Administration
       Joseph Sirignano, Detective        Robert Sullivan, Sergeant Detective
        Boston Police Department           Boston Police Department
       John Scott, Detective              Jay White, Special Agent
        Boston Police Department           Federal Bureau of Investigation
       Kimber Johnson, Special Agent      Marion Fletcher, Special Agent
        Federal Bureau of Investigation    Massachusetts State Police
       Brian O'Connell, Special Agent     Stephen Bellingreri, Special Agent
        Department of Labor                Internal Revenue Service
       Mark Kilbreth, Special Agent
        Internal Revenue Service
 
     U.S. v. Gary Lee Sampson
       Peter A. Cooke, Sr., Trooper       Michael J. Crisp, Major
        Massachusetts State Police         Massachusetts State Police
       Scott A. Berna, Sergeant           Paul F. D'AMore, Lieutenant
        Massachusetts State Police         Massachusetts State Police
       George Patrick David, Officer      Paul A. Taber, Jr., Sergeant
        Marshfield Police Department       Marshfield Police Department
       Kathleen M. Kimball, Detective     Raymond H. Keefe, Lieutenant
        New Hampshire State Police         Vermont State Police
       William F. Magee, III, Sergeant    John Helfant, Sergeant
        New Hampshire Department of        Vermont State Police
        Safety, Division of Motor         Thomas B. Finn, Jr., Special Agent
        Vehicles                           Federal Bureau of Investigation
       Jeffery Cable, Detective
        Sergeant
        Vermont State Police
 
     U.S. v. Boulanger
       Robert Olsen, Special Agent        Eldon Wallen, Task Force Agent
        Drug Enforcement Administration    Drug Enforcement Administration
       Marion Benvento, Special Agent     Jennifer Fafard, Analyst
        Internal Revenue Service           Drug Enforcement Administration
 
     U.S. v. Ziskind, et.al.
       Todd I. Richards, Special Agent    Thomas Daly, Jr., Sergeant Detective
        Federal Bureau of Investigation    Lowell Police Department
 
     Operation Triboro
       Nicholas B. Boshears, Special      Scott P. Dietsche, Special Agent
       Agent                               Federal Bureau of Investigation
        Federal Bureau of Investigation   Richard M. Deasy, Special Agent
       Sarah Burkwit Slattery, Analyst     Immigration and Customs Enforcement
        Federal Bureau of Investigation   Joseph M. LeStorti, Special Agent
       Seth Plumb, Special Agent           Diplomatic Security Service
        Immigration and Customs           Kevin G. Tehran, Special Agent
        Enforcement                        Diplomatic Security Service
       Aaron J. Arnfeld, Special Agent    James Lonchiadis, Officer
        Diplomatic Security Service        Shrewsbury Police Department
       William Bond, Trooper
        Massachusetts State Police
       James Hurley, Lieutenant
        Shrewsbury Police Department
 
     Following is a list of today's Victims' Rights Week Awards recipients:
 
     Victim Notification System
       Janet Smith, Paralegal
       Assistant
        U.S. Attorney's Office
 
     U.S. v. Nancy Cheal
       Timothy Quinn, Special Agent       Karen Back, Legal Assistant
        Federal Bureau of Investigation    U.S. Attorney's Office
       Janet Smith, Paralegal             Amy Jones, Paralegal Specialist
       Assistant                           U.S. Attorney's Office
        U.S. Attorney's Office
       Vincent Negron, Paralegal
       Assistant
        U.S. Attorney's Office
 
     U.S. v. Fazal Raheman
       John McNeil, Assistant U.S.
       Attorney
        U.S. Attorney' s Office
 
     U.S. v. Stephen Flemmi
       Dan Doherty, Special Agent         Stephen Johnson, Lieutenant
        Drug Enforcement Administration    Massachusetts State Police
 
     U.S. v. Gary Lee Sampson
       Frank M. Gaziano, Assistant        John Wortmann, Assistant U.S.
       U.S. Attorney                      Attorney
        U.S. Attorney's Office             U.S. Attorney's Office
       George W. Vien, Assistant U.S.
       Attorney
        U.S. Attorney's Office
 
     For further information on any of the above prosecutions, please contact
 the U.S. Attorney's office.
 
 

SOURCE U.S. Attorney

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