Charlestown Man Convicted of Extortion and Kidnapping, Reports U.S. Attorney.
A former Charlestown man has pled guilty today in federal court to robbery, extortion and kidnapping charges.
United States Attorney Donald K. Stern announced today that RICHARD T. HAGERTY, age 28, formerly of Charlestown and currently serving a five-year federal sentence for bank robbery, pled guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Joseph Tauro to conspiracy to commit robbery and extortion and attempt to commit robbery and extortion, arising out of the kidnapping of a Carlisle man on April 17, 1998. The indictment also charged HAGERTY's co-defendants James J. McCormack, age 61, 2 Wallace Court, Charlestown, Massachusetts and Jeff F. Buckley, age 39, with participating in the conspiracy.
The extortion conspiracy charge stems from the April 17, 1998 kidnapping of James Carter, a convicted marijuana dealer from Carlisle, whom McCormack, HAGERTY and Buckley believed had large amounts of drug proceeds that they could draw upon for ransom. The indictment charges that shots were fired as the co-conspirators abducted Carter from his driveway. The kidnappers then transported Carter to a warehouse on Terminal Street in Charlestown where they initially demanded that Carter pay them a million dollars. The kidnappers released Carter later the same day, demanding that he sell shares of mutual funds and pay them the proceeds. The indictment also charges that in the fall of 1998, McCormack left messages on Carter's answering machine demanding payment.
HAGERTY faces a maximum term of imprisonment of twenty years, a fine of up to $250,000, and a term of supervised release of not more than five years on the extortion charges. HAGERTY will be sentenced in May.
This case was investigated by Agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Department of Labor's Division of Labor Racketeering, the Massachusetts State Police and the Somerville, Cambridge and Everett Police Departments. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys George W. Vien and Cherie L. Krigsman of Stern's Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Unit.