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Former MA Sen. Dean Tran charged with obstruction of justice

Former MA Sen. Dean Tran charged with obstruction of justice

FITCHBURG, MA — Former Massachusetts Republican state senator Dean Tran is facing new federal charges related to his November arrest on federal fraud charges.

Federal prosecutors said Friday they will charge Tran and his sister, Tuyet Martin, of Pelham, NH, with obstruction of justice for making false statements during an investigation into whether Tran fraudulently collected unemployment benefits. unemployment caused by the pandemic.

The new federal charges are the latest in legal trouble for the former senator. A Suffolk County grand jury indicted Tran in September on two counts of violating the state’s ethics law. He was also indicted in 2022 for stealing a gun. He pleaded not guilty in both cases.

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According to federal prosecutors, Tran collected more than $30,000 in pandemic unemployment benefits in 2021 and also hid from the IRS about $50,000 in consulting fees he earned. The new charges unsealed Friday relate to a job offer Martin made to her brother to work at her New Hampshire auto parts company, Alecon Enterprises, Inc.

“Tran allegedly made false statements to (federal investigators) regarding a job offer letter from Martin and whether Martin actually wrote the letter and her signature on it. In addition, Martin hid and tried to delete the emails. between her and Tran regarding the employment offer letter In addition, Martin allegedly provided false testimony before a federal grand jury in July 2023 regarding the employment offer letter,” U.S. Attorney Joshua Levy’s office said in a press release.

Tran served as a state senator representing the Worcester and Middlesex district from 2017 to 2021. In 2022, he ran unsuccessfully against U.S. Representative Lori Trahan.