Worcester Restaurant Owner Sentenced for Money Laundering

by | Sep 16, 2020 | Crime, Headlines, News

WORCESTER – On Wednesday, September 16, Stacy Gala, 29, of Worcester, received a sentence of time served (one day in prison) and three years of supervised release that will include six months of home confinement for conspiracy to commit money laundering.

The government recommended a sentence of 32 months in prison. Gala pleaded guilty in November 2019.

Gala was the owner of The Usual Restaurant on Shrewsbury St. along with her husband, Kevin Perry. Federal authorities arrested Perry in March 2017 on charges of money laundering and drug distribution. He pleaded guilty and is serving 14 years in prison.

According to U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling’s office, after Perry’s arrest, Gala learned that Perry concealed a significant sum of money, proceeds from selling drugs, in a self-storage locker in Northborough.

Gala and Joseph Herman, the manager at The Usual Restaurant, conspired to retrieve those funds from the self-storage locker.

Herman pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering, making false statements to federal investigators, and attempted witness tampering in January 2019.

Herman’s sentencing is scheduled for Tuesday, September 29.

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Tom is the VP of Business Operations for TWIW as well as a journalist. He was a history student at Worcester State University and has many years experience technical recruiting, marketing and a long time entrepreneur.