WORCESTER – Former restaurateur Kevin Perry, 44, of Worcester, was sentenced in federal court to 14 years in prison on Monday for distributing fentanyl and using drug money to purchase and renovate nine local properties and two restaurants in Worcester — The Usual at 166 Shrewsbury St. and The Blackstone Tap at 81 Water St, both in Worcester.
According to the Massachusetts Dept. of Justice, in addition to 14 years in prison, Perry was also sentenced to five years of supervised release and was ordered to forfeit nine properties, the assets of his restaurants, more than $510,000 in cash, precious metals, an illegal pill press and two vehicles.
Additionally, a money judgement of nearly $1.2 million was put against Perry should authorties find additional assets.
In Oct. 2017, Perry plead 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.
Additionally, from April 2012 to October 2016, Perry used over $1 million in proceeds from drug sales to purchase and renovate nine properties in Worcester County. Those purchases included The Usual and The Blackstone Tap. Perry also used the proceeds from his drug sales to purchase more than 230 money orders totaling over $150,000 from the United States Postal Service and Western Union to make structured cash payments on real estate loans and to finance his wedding in August 2015. The only employment that Perry reported during that time was as a fitness trainer. He also collected unemployment benefits from June 2015 through January 2016.