Former Whitman Police Sergeant Glen P. Pearson, 62, was sentenced in Boston Federal Court on Tuesday for ripping off Veterans while he was a federal fiduciary.
U.S. District Court Chief Judge Patti B. Saris sentenced Pearson to 48 months in prison and three years of supervised release for an embezzlement scam, which he ran out of his tax preparation business. The investigation into Pearson’s IRS filings began from 2007-2012 when he was a VA fiduciary for eight disabled veterans.
He plead guilty in May 2017 to wire fraud, misappropriation by a federal fiduciary, preparation of fraudulent tax returns, and obstruction of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) according to a press release through the Department of Justice spokeswoman Christina DiLorio–Sterling.
Pearson also impeded IRS investigators by including false statements and formulating documents for his clients to submit to the IRS during auditing to continue covering up his actions. Pearson also falsified and underreported his income on his personal income tax returns.
The stolen funds were expended for personal use and to pay his mortgage on his home, according to the press release.
Chief Judge Saris also ordered Pearson to pay $252,992 in restitution to the VA, and $826,865 in restitution to the IRS.
Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb; Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department’s Tax Division Stuart M. Goldberg; Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division; Joel P. Garland, Special Agent in Charge of Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigations in Boston; and Donna L. Neves, Special Agent in Charge of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General, Northeast Field Office, made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Vassili Thomadakis of Weinreb’s Criminal Division and Karen E. Kelly, Assistant Chief at the Tax Division, prosecuted the case.