BOSTON — A former Massachusetts state senator and Republican candidate for Congress has been charged after allegedly stealing a gun from an aged constituent and deceptive investigators about what occurred, Lawyer Common Maura Healey mentioned Friday.
Investigators mentioned Dean Tran, 46, of Fitchburg, used his place as a public official to intimidate the constituent into parting together with her late husband’s firearms, making her signal a pre-prepared contract and giving her $1,500 in money for not less than eight weapons whereas visiting her in June 2019.
When requested to return them the subsequent day, Tran complied. However a day after he gave the weapons again, he returned to the lady’s residence, pressured his method in and demanded a key to the gun protected, in keeping with investigators.
He then stole a Colt .45 whereas the constituent hid in her bed room, investigators mentioned. That gun was additionally later returned to the lady.
Tran issued a press release Friday night, calling the allegations “unfaithful and categorically false.” His lawyer didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
Investigators say Tran allegedly gave conflicting tales and causes for taking the weapons when interviewed by police, together with denying any sort of firearm sale, later producing a gross sales contract for the weapons, and disparaging the constituent’s psychological capability earlier than demanding a written apology from her.
Investigators additionally allege Tran made false statements on his Could 2019 license-to-carry renewal software.
Tran is difficult two-term Democratic US Rep. Lori Trahan for the congressional seat representing the state’s third Congressional District.
Tran was indicted Friday by a Worcester Grand Jury on the costs together with larceny of a firearm, submitting an software for a license to hold containing false data, acquiring a signature by false pretenses with intent to defraud, and deceptive a police investigation.
Tran might be arraigned in Worcester Superior Courtroom at a later date.
The Massachusetts Senate barred Tran in 2020 from interacting along with his workers besides by way of official emails within the wake of an ethics investigation that discovered he had his workers conduct marketing campaign work throughout common Senate enterprise hours.