Fraud and Theft Charges Against Former Kerry Worker

According to this Post report, a former Kerry for President worker was charged in connection with his alleged theft from the campaign and bank fraud.

Shane E. Tessimond, who is also known as Frank W. Mitchell, was indicted under seal by a grand jury on charges of conspiracy, fraud, aggravated identity theft and bank fraud in May. The accusations were unsealed on Monday.

Tessimond, who was a check processor for the campaign, is accused of taking $102,096.50 in checks meant for the Kerry campaign, and along with a coconspirator named Mark J. Parisi, depositing those checks in local banks by opening up an account under the name “Kerry LLC.” They also ran up $4,000 on campaign credit cards, the indictment said.

They are also accused of depositing $20,158 in checks from a non-profit organization called Employer’s Council on Flexible Compensation. Tessimond had access to that group’s office after he left the Kerry campaign in August 2003 and started working for management company Radnor, Inc. in 2004.

Parisi has pleaded guilty to conspiracy in federal court.

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