Boston Fire district chief sentenced to probation

Boston Fire Department district chief Edward Scigliano in court  last month.
Boston Fire Department district chief Edward Scigliano in court last month.JUSTIN SAGLIO FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

A district chief in the Boston Fire Department was sentenced Thursday to three years of probation and 750 hours of community service for procurement fraud and larceny, authorities said.

Edward Scigliano IV, 46, was convicted earlier this month of stealing $46,000 in city money to pay credit card bills and purchase a gas grill and a large screen television. He was ordered to pay restitution to the city within two years.

Prosecutors had recommended that Scigliano serve two years in the house of correction with one year to serve and the balance suspended for a three year probationary term.

“This defendant abused his position as a public employee by stealing tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars that should have gone to serving the residents of the City of Boston,” said Attorney General Maura Healey.


Scigliano has been on unpaid leave from the Fire Department since he was indicted in the fall of 2014. Officials have said they will seek his termination. He had previously served as a drillmaster at the Boston Fire Academy.

“The fraudulent procurement practices that occurred in this case are not a small, trivial matter within a private company but rather larcenous behavior within the public realm,” said Joseph Finn, Boston Fire Department commissioner in a victim impact statement. “This egregious breach of his duties diminishes the faith and trust that the citizens place in our public servants.”

Scigliano orchestrated two illicit schemes, prosecutors said. In one, he directed an equipment distributor to purchase more than $17,000 worth of items for his personal use, including a 52-inch TV, a gas grill, a living room set, an elliptical machine, and gift cards for Home Depot and Lowes.

He also directed a second company to issue checks totaling more than $32,000 to his personal credit cards. The money was from credit balances owed to the city.


Michael Doolin, Scigliano’s lawyer, said Judge Christopher Muse told the court he was swayed by Scigliano’s previous acts as a firefighter, such as his decision to volunteer during rescue operations in New York after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks and his commendation for helping to rescue four people who nearly drowned after their canoe capsized off Moon Island a decade ago.

“I thought that the judge gave a set of reasons for the sentence that were thoughtful, intelligent and compassionate,” Doolin said. “He recognized Ed Scigliano’s significant service that he had given to the community in the past. I thought it was a tremendously well-reasoned sentencing.”

Judge Muse said he was “required to consider the meritorious service he has provided to the department and the city against the backdrop of the breach that’s been proven; it’s called balance,” according to a court transcript.

Doolin declined to comment on Scigliano’s personal reaction to the decision.

Scigliano joined the department in July 1996 and was promoted to lieutenant in 2002, captain in 2005, and district chief in 2012, according to department records. He earned an average of $162,000 a year between 2008 and 2014, according to city payroll records.

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