BOSTON (AP) — The former head of Boston's FBI office has pleaded guilty to an ethics charge following an agreement that recommends no prison time but seeks a $15,000 fine.
Kenneth Kaiser pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor Thursday in federal court and will be sentenced in December.
Prosecutors allege that within a year of his 2009 retirement, Kaiser had contact with FBI agents investigating the private company he was working for and attempted to influence them.
His attorney says the communications "were made in the good faith belief that he was helping their law enforcement mission."
The ethics law prohibits senior executive branch personnel from professional contact with the agency they were employed by for one year after leaving government service.
The maximum penalty is one year in prison and a $100,000 fine.