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Published on June 21, 2024
Former Massachusetts State Senator Dean Tran and Sister Charged with Obstruction and PerjurySource: Wikipedia/Massachusetts General Court, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

In a case that underscores the gravity of public trust violations, former Massachusetts State Senator Dean Tran and his sister, business owner Tuyet T. Martin, have been indicted on multiple charges including obstruction of justice and perjury. According to an announcement from the U.S. Attorney's Office, the indictment was unsealed today, revealing an alleged attempt to conceal a fictitious job offer from Martin's company to Tran, in what authorities describe as a calculated effort to deceive federal investigators.

Arrested earlier today, Martin is set to appear in federal court in Boston, while her brother Tran is expected to be arraigned at a later date. The indictment follows a 28-count federal indictment from November 2023, in which Tran was charged with fraudulently collecting Pandemic Unemployment Assistance benefits and evading taxes on income. Acting United States Attorney Joshua S. Levy commented on the violation, stating, "The charges against Dean Tran and his sister represent a serious breach of public trust," describing their actions as a "disturbing disregard for the law," as reported by the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Jodi Cohen, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Division, underscored the consequences of impeding a federal investigation. "Anyone who obstructs a federal investigation is attempting to subvert the course of justice," Cohen said. "Today, former Massachusetts State Senator Dean Tran and his sister Tuyet Martin are accused of doing exactly that, in an effort conceal Mr. Tran’s alleged attempts to steal tens of thousands of dollars from public assistance programs at the expense of those in need," according to the U.S. Attorney's Office announcement.

Details from the indictment highlight an investigation into a purported job offer from Martin to Tran at Alecon Enterprises, Inc., where Martin, as owner and CEO, allegedly concealed and attempted to delete relevant emails. Additionally, she is accused of lying before a federal grand jury in July 2023 regarding the job offer letter. These obstructive acts resulted in the indictment and arrest of Tuyet T. Martin, according to Special Agent in Charge Harry T. Chavis Jr. of the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigations, Boston Field Office. "Martin lied to Special Agents in an attempt to obstruct an ongoing federal investigation," Chavis Jr. said. Not only that, but "Martin attempted to protect her brother, former State Senator Dean Tran, from being arrested but now she must face justice for her actions," as stated by the U.S. Attorney's Office.

The severity of the charges can lead to significant punishment: the obstruction of justice charge could carry up to 20 years in prison, while false statements and perjury may result in up to five years each. However, it should be noted that these charges are merely allegations at this stage, and both defendants are granted the presumption of innocence unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.