For Immediate Release - January 29, 2013

Wilfredo Laboy II Pleads Guilty to Perjury

Wilfredo Laboy II pleaded guilty today in Lawrence Superior Court to perjury in connection with a grand jury investigation involving his father, who is the former Superintendent of the Lawrence Public Schools.  Judge Maynard M. Kirpalani sentenced him to one year of probation.

Essex Assistant District Attorney Maureen Leal recommended a 2.5 year sentence in the House of Correction with one year to be served and the balance suspended for three years.

“The crime of perjury undermines our justice system,” said District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett.  “Our recommendation for committed time was based on the facts of this case which included deliberate and repeated lying to a grand jury, which is an affront to our efforts to determine the truth.”

Laboy’s trial was to begin today and had it gone to trial, ADA Leal would have proven that the defendant made numerous false statements to a grand jury that was investigating his father.  He provided false testimony concerning materials printed at the Lawrence Public Schools graphic design department and transportation services he received from employees of the Lawrence Public Schools while on school time.  These facts were proven at his father’s trial.

In March, 2012, the elder Laboy was convicted on fraud and embezzlement charges, which included using Lawrence School Department personnel and equipment to print menus for his son’s pizza shop and to drive his son to work after he lost his license.

Leal was assisted by Essex Assistant District Attorney Philip Mallard.  Laboy was represented by Attorney Scott Gleason.