Two longtime friends from Sleepy Hollow High School were indicted October 18 for scheming to obstruct a federal fraud investigation into the conduct of an alleged conspirator.
The indictment charges former FBI special agent Robert G. Lustyik, Jr., 50, of Sleepy Hollow, Johannes W. Thaler, 49, formerly of Tarrytown, and Michael L. Taylor, 51, principal of a Boston-based security company, each with one count of conspiracy, eight counts of honest services wire fraud, one count of obstructing justice and one count of obstructing an agency proceeding.
“While active in the FBI, former Special Agent Lustyik used his position in an attempt to stave off the criminal investigation of a business partner with whom he was pursuing lucrative security and energy contracts,” said Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer. “He allegedly acted through a childhood friend to secure promises of cash, purported medical expenses and business proceeds in exchange for abusing his position as an FBI agent.”
The indictment alleges, in September 2011, Taylor learned of a federal criminal investigation into whether he, his business and others committed fraud in the award and performance of a contract with the U.S. Department of Defense. Soon thereafter, Taylor allegedly began to give and offer things to Lustyik in exchange for Lustyik agreeing to impair and impede the probe. The indictment also alleges that Thaler, a childhood friend of Lustyik, served as a conduit between Taylor and Lustyik.
Taylor and Lustyik were both previously arrested on prior criminal complaints in the case. Taylor has been detained pending trial and Lustyik received a $2 million bond. Thaler was expected to surrender to authorities.
Each defendant could face up to 40 years in prison if convicted and thousands of dollars in fines.