A federal jury in Boston today convicted a one-time NESN vice-president of defrauding the network out of $575,000 by routing money meant to pay an online consultant to a fake company he controlled.
Ariel Legassa was arrested in February, 2022, a month after NESN fired and sued him over the bogus payments. Legassa had been NESN's, vice president for digital media; the money was meant for a New York Web design firm, Alley NY, but instead was paid to a bogus company Legassa made up called Alley CT.
The jury convicted Legassa on all ten counts - seven of mail fraud and three of unlawful monetary transactions. The judge in the case set sentencing for Dec. 20.
According to the US Attorney's office, Legassa used the money he funneled to himself to buy a private plane, a BMW, a Tesla and a Land Rover, as well as to pay credit-card bills.