An Andover man convicted in federal court in June of obstructing a grand jury investigation was sentenced earlier this month to one year of probation and ordered to pay a $5,000 fine.
Kamlesh Patel, 48, of Trevino Circle, was sentenced following his guilty plea in June to a charge of obstruction by destruction and alteration of documents in connection with a grand jury investigation, according to a press release issued by U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz’s office.
Patel had received a grand jury subpoena for records relating to his business dealings with another company as well as claims that the other company was owned and operated by a service-disabled veteran.
According to a statement issued by the U.S. Attorney in June, Patel was aware that he had documents on his computer that were relevant to the subpoena and the pending investigation. Patel nonetheless deleted those documents, the statement said.
Patel, who owned J&J Contractors of Lowell, faced a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison followed by three years of supervised probation as well as a $250,000 fine.
Instead, U.S. District Judge George O’Toole Jr. ordered Patel to one year of probation and a $5,000 fine, to be paid within two weeks of the sentencing, which took place Oct. 9.
Patel was also ordered to submit a DNA sample and is prohibited from possessing a firearm. He was also assessed a $100 penalty.
The sentencing is based on a November 2012 agreement between Patel and the U.S. Attorney’s office stating that Patel must testify truthfully and completely in any grand jury proceeding, hearing or trial.
“Defendant must answer all questions put to him by any law-enforcement agents or government attorneys and must not withhold any information,” the agreement states. “Defendant must not attempt to protect any person or entity through false information or omission, or to implicate falsely any person or entity. Upon request, defendant must furnish all documents, objects and other evidence in defendant’s possession, custody or control that are relevant to the government’s inquiries.”
If Patel fails to provide “substantial assistance” to the U.S. Attorney, the agreement could be revoked and he could face additional charges, including perjury.
Patel, who is no longer affiliated with J&J Contractors, has an unpublished phone number and could not be reached for comment. His attorney, David Vicinanzo of Nixon Peabody, also could not be reached.