Former Boston Police Officer Sentenced for Making False Statements
BOSTON—A former Boston Police officer who was also the former treasurer of the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association was sentenced today for making a false statement to the FBI in connection with his cash loans to a known criminal.
David Michael Fitzgerald, 49, who resides in Milton, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton to one year of probation and a fine of $1,000. In July 2015, Fitzgerald pleaded guilty to one count of making a false statement to the FBI. Fitzgerald was a Boston Police officer from 1996 until June 2015 when he resigned as part of his plea agreement. He was the treasurer of the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association (BPAA) from 2012 to 2014.
Fitzgerald developed a relationship with an individual who was known to be a street-level drug dealer and bookmaker. During the course of this relationship, Fitzgerald made cash loans to the individual, which were paid back in weekly installments. On April 27, 2015, Fitzgerald met the individual in Watertown in order to collect a $500 cash installment for one of the outstanding loans. Later that same day, when federal agents who were investigating the matter questioned Fitzgerald, he falsely stated that the purpose of his meeting with the individual was simply social in nature and that he had never loaned money to the individual. Not only were these statements untrue, but they were intended to interfere with an ongoing federal investigation.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division; and Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, made the announcement today. The U.S. Attorney’s Office also wishes to acknowledge the cooperation of the Boston Police Department’s Anti-Corruption Division. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Eugenia M. Carris and Robert Fisher of Ortiz’s Public Corruption and Special Prosecutions Unit.