BOSTON – Three Boston-area residents, including a former Gillette employee, pleaded guilty in federal court in Boston in connection with the online sales of stolen Gillette razor blades.
Joseph Evangelista, 63, of Lowell, pleaded guilty to one count of causing the interstate transportation of stolen property. Robert A. Liberatore, 52, of Wakefield, and Mark S. Girardin, 44, of Randolph, each pleaded guilty to two counts of filing false tax returns. U.S. District Court Judge Allison D. Burroughs scheduled sentencing for all three defendants for Nov. 6, 2017.
Evangelista, a former employee of Gillette, stole razor blades from the Gillette manufacturing plant in South Boston and delivered the stolen goods to Liberatore and Girardin, who operated an online business called Cambridge Dedicated Services, through which they sold various items on eBay, including Gillette razor blades. Liberatore and Girardin failed to report income generated through Cambridge Dedicated Services on their annual federal tax returns.
The charge of causing the interstate transportation of stolen property provides for a sentence of no greater than 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss, whichever is greater. Evangelista has also agreed to pay Gillette $56,023 in restitution.
The charge of filing false tax returns provides for a sentence of no greater than three years in prison, one year of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss, whichever is greater. In addition, Girardin and Liberatore will each be required to pay the IRS more than $100,000 in taxes that they owe plus penalties and interest. Sentences are imposed by a federal district judge based on the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb; Joel P. Garland, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigations in Boston; and Shelly Binkowski, Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sandra S. Bower and Christine Wichers of Weinreb’s Criminal Division are prosecuting the case.
Department of Justice
Office of the U.S. Attorney
District of Massachusetts