Watertown Man Arrested on Charge of Acting as Unregistered Agent for Iran

The Department of Justice announced the arrest of a Watertown man on charges of acting as an unregistered agent for the Iranian government. Kaveh Lotfolah Afrasiabi, 63 of Watertown, allegedly gave propaganda to members of Congress and the media, and has received money from an account linked to Iran’s United Nations mission. The charges were unsealed in a Brooklyn Federal Court, but Afrasiabi was arrested on Monday by the FBI and was due to be arraigned in Boston Federal Court on Tuesday. According to a MassLive.com story, Afrasiabi entered the U.S. in 1973 and became a lawful permanent resident in 1984. He has taught at several universities — including full-time at Tehran University, Boston University and Bentley College, and as a visiting scholar at Harvard and University of California, Berkeley — and graduated from University of Massachusetts for undergrad and got his masters degree and doctorate in political science from Boston University.

Boston Marathon Bomber Appeal Coming Up; Court Docs Show Brother Suspected in Waltham Murders

The case of convicted Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will be in court soon to appeal the conviction, and recently unsealed documents related to the case show that the FBI believes his older brother Tamerlan was a prime suspect in the killing of three men in Waltham in 2011. Dzhokhar’s appeal of the death sentence for his role in the Boston Marathon Bombings is scheduled to go before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit on Dec. 12. The Boston Globe reported that court documents unsealed before the appeal implicate Tamerlan Tsarnaev with the the killings of three men in Waltham — Brendan Mess, 25, Erik H. Weissman, 31, and Raphael M. Teken, 37. Tamerlan died after the shootout with Watertown Police at the intersection of Dexter Avenue and Laurel Street.

More Details on Massage Parlor Sting in Watertown

Last week, the Watertown Police conducted an investigation into illegal activities at massage parlors in town, and made four prostitution arrests at four locations. The sting was broader than the four massage parlors and involved undercover police officers. The investigation was a joint one between the WPD and the FBI’s Boston Division Child Exploitation-Human Trafficking Task Force. Police sent undercover officers into the six massage parlors in a coordinated sting on Friday, Nov. 8, said Watertown Police Lt. James O’Connor.

Watertown Resident Completes FBI National Youth Academy

Hanna MacDonald, left, completed the FBI National Academy Youth Leadership Program. She is shown with her parents, Tara and Brian MacDonald, and retired Watertown PoliceDet. Peter Seminara, who attended the FBI National Academy. The Watertown Police sent their congratulations to Watertown resident Hanna MacDonald, who completed the FBI National Academy Youth Leadership Program. 

The Watertown Police Department released this statement on its Facebook page:

Congratulations to Watertown resident and Lexington Christian Academy student, Hanna MacDonald for attending and completing the FBI National Academy Youth Leadership Program last summer. Hanna was recently recognized for her outstanding achievement.The FBI NA Youth Leadership Program is an intense program of classroom study, physical challenges, guest lectures and leadership experiences, that takes place at the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA.