On Friday, Oct. 13, Kevin A. Perry, 44, of Worcester, pleaded guilty to nine counts of money laundering, three counts of aggravated cash structuring, one count of making a false statement on a loan application, and one count of distribution of fentanyl.

Former Worcester Restaurant Owner Pleads Guilty to Fentanyl Distribution and Money Laundering 1

According to the Massachusetts Department of Justice, from April 2012 to October 2016, Perry used over $1 million in drug sale money to purchase and renovate nine properties across Worcester County — including two restaurants in Worcester, The Usual Restaurant located at 166 Shrewsbury Street and the Blackstone Tap at 81 Water Street. Perry also purchased more than 230 money order for over $150,000 from the United States Postal Service and Western Union to make structured cash payments on real estate loans and to pay for his August 2015 wedding.

During that same time period, he only employment that Perry reported was as a fitness trainer.  Perry also collected unemployment benefits from June 2015 through January 2016.

Perry had previously pleaded not guilty to these crimes earlier this past spring. He will be sentenced on Jan. 11, 2018.

He had previously been convicted in federal court of the conspiracy to manufacture and distribute Ecstasy. Following his release from prison in 2008, according to the DOJ, Perry returned to the manufacturing and distribution of controlled substances, including fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid that is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine and heroin.

On Feb. 23, 2017, Perry distributed 2,000 pills containing fentanyl to an individual cooperating with law enforcement.

According to the plea agreement, Perry will be sentenced to 14 to 16 years in prison and five years of supervised release, he will forfeit the nine properties — including the business assets of his two Worcester restaurants, $510,000 in cash, precious metals, a pill press, and two vehicles. Should additional assets be located, the sentence will also include a money judgement of more than $1.1 million.

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