It wasn’t the equivalent of Boston Harbor, but Scott Boidi’s thefts were more than a drop in the bucket. On February 28, Boidi, ex-business manager for Tunnel Workers Local 88, was sentenced in federal court to seven years in prison on racketeering charges. He had been convicted by jury last October on six counts of a nine-count indictment related to construction
of Boston’s massive Central Artery/Tunnel Project, more commonly known as “the Big Dig.” Evidence presented during the twelve-day trial showed that Boidi, acting in his capacity as business manager, until 2002 had engaged in a pattern of racketeering which included theft of roughly $25,000 in union assets, mail fraud, and possession and distribution of more than 500 grams of cocaine. The jury acquitted him on a firearms charge and two counts of witness tampering.
Boidi, 46, a resident of Pembroke, Mass., will be subject to four years of supervised release after serving prison time, and also will have to make $13,000 in restitution. He has been in federal custody since the jury verdict was announced. Tunnel Workers Local 88, with offices in Boston and Quincy, is affiliated with the Laborers International Union of North America. The case was investigated by various federal agencies and the Boston and Quincy local police departments. (PR Newswire US, 2/28/07).