January 8, 2003
Former Boston Cop Sentenced For Laundering Stolen Jewelry
Retired Boston Police detective Michael S. Flemmi was sentenced in federal court on Jan. 6 on money laundering charges stemming from his role in a 1996 illicit sale of a stash of diamond jewelry stolen from a Boston wholesaler that had a retail value of over $100,000.
U.S. Attorney Michael J. Sullivan; Mark R. Trouville, special agent in charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in New England; and Col. Thomas Foley, superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, announced today that Flemmi was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Mark L. Wolf to one year and six months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release and a $3,000 fine.
Flemmi pleaded guilty on Nov. 25, 2002, to a three-count indictment charging him with selling a load of stolen diamond rings, bracelets, and other jewelry for $40,000 cash to a contact in the jewelry industry.
At the earlier plea hearing, the prosecutor told the court that had the case proceeded to trial, the evidence would have proven associates of Flemmi robbed the jewelry from a former employee of a Boston jewelry wholesaler who had stolen the merchandise in the course of his employment. Flemmi and his associates then brokered the black-market sale of the jewelry for cash.
In connection with this sale, Flemmi was charged with three violations of federal money-laundering laws, which penalize various types of financial transactions involving the proceeds of criminal activity.