A federal judge yesterday sentenced Bahram Gharony, 36, to two months in prison - and ordered him to pay $256,432 in restitution - for the way he ordered foreign-car parts and tools through Boston Police accounts and then sold them to private auto mechanics.
Gharony pleaded guilty in July for the ordering he did between 2017 and 2020 while a mechanic with the BPD fleet-management division.
In addition to whiting out the VIN numbers of non-BPD cars for some of his orders, he also obtained repair tools from a local supplier by having them submit invoices for them as car parts, which he was authorized to purchase, rather than tools, which he was not, according to a sentencing memorandum by prosecutors.
In their sentencing memorandum, prosecutors urged US District Court Judge Douglas Woodlock to show some leniency because Gharony pleaded guilty quickly, actively worked to resolve the case after that, has four children, two with disabilities, and had "an arduous path" emigrating to the US from Iran. Still, his sentence should include some prison, the government said:
The theft of $250,000 by a public employee in a fraudulent scheme warrants a sentence of incarceration. While the loss of his job is most likely sufficient to deter the defendant in this case, the Court should sentence the defendant to a term of incarceration to promote general deterrence.
Gharony's attorney argued for a sentence of just probation, saying that Gharony, who now works as a tow-truck driver, also suffers from PTSD and ADHD, that that, combined with the pressures of supporting four children was what drove him off the straight and narrow, and that putting him behind bars would keep him from supporting his wife and children
Extreme financial pressure, the responsibility to support two families, (one from a prior relationship and another with his present spouse), the need to provide for four children, two of whom were severely disabled, -- all of these things weighed on Mr. Gharony and clouded his judgment. Additionally, he was hampered by Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) owing to a prior trauma and from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) which made it difficult to focus, caused impulsivity and led to bouts of depression. This does not excuse his conduct. Mr. Gharony must make amends for his crimes. He seeks the opportunity to do so while continuing to work so as to uphold his familial responsibilities.