Plumber gets 12 years for marijuana-growing operation

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) – A Massachusetts man was sentenced to 12 years in prison for helping run a large marijuana grow where his family’s plumbing business served as the front line, according to federal prosecutors.

In addition to his sentence, 40-year-old Thomas Laverty of Clinton was sentenced to eight years probation on Tuesday and given a restitution of $ 3,100, according to the US law firm in Boston. He was convicted in January 2020 after a five-day conspiracy trial for laundering money, growing marijuana, and owning marijuana with the intent to distribute it.

He later also pleaded guilty to additional charges of stealing government funds for accepting grocery stamp benefits despite making about $ 5,000 a week from pot sales.

Laverty and others used a plumbing company, Chuck Laverty & Son Inc. of Millbury, as the front line for a large-scale commercial marijuana grow and distribution operation, prosecutors said.

Laverty apologized in court.

Laverty’s father, Charles Laverty, was also convicted but died of cancer shortly after the verdict and before the conviction. The conviction was later overturned.

His mother, Andrea Laverty, 63, previously pleaded guilty and will be convicted on Wednesday.

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