Document: Former Rep. Gallison knew he was under surveillance in 2015 by FBI, threatened agent

PROVIDENCE, RI (WPRI) — According to a government sentencing memorandum filed Thursday, former State Rep. Raymond Gallison knew he was under surveillance months before he resigned from office, and confronted the agent who was watching him.

“Apparently the defendant was surveillance conscious,” the document stated. “He threatened the agent by exclaiming the agent did not know who the [expletive] he was dealing with.”

The filing went on to say on the day that Gallison made the threat, he “contacted a law enforcement source” and asked him to run the registration plate on the agent’s vehicle. Gallison “inaccurately recorded” the number and ran into a dead end according to the document.

Document states Gallison asked FBI agent on surveillance if he knew “who the [expletive] he was dealing with.”

The confrontation happened in late 2015. Gallison resigned in May of 2016.

The memorandum states that “Gallison must have thought he was engaged in some sort of illicit activity warranting law enforcement surveillance.”

“Gallison was so arrogant as to think that he could somehow do something about this law enforcement intervention by running the plate,” the document reads. “His comment to the agent really speaks volumes about the defendant’s conduct.”

Gallison has pleaded guilty to nine criminal charges following a lengthy grand jury investigation into years of financial misdeeds. The charges against Gallison involved taking $678,000 from the estate of a man named Ray Medley who had identified the once-powerful Democrat as a “good friend” in his will.

GallIson also admitted taking almost $9,000 from a disabled individual’s trust fund, as well as misusing funds from his taxpayer-funded nonprofit, Alternative Educational Programming (AEP).

As the House Finance Committee chairman, Gallison had a vote about funding for AEP.

The Bristol Democrat is scheduled to be sentenced on Friday and has asked the court for a 36-month sentence, about two years short of the government’s recommended guideline range of 57 to 65 months.

In a defense memorandum filed Tuesday, Gallison’s attorney Anthony Traini asked the court to consider Gallison’s cooperation with government investigators, his various medical conditions, the “extraordinary efforts made toward restitution,” and his positive impact on his community.

But the government’s filing called Gallison greedy and stated his “scheme demonstrated total disrespect for basic moral and ethical behavior.”

“Gallison did not cooperate with authorities regarding his theft of the bulk of the [Medley] Estate,” the government told the court. “His counsel returned the stocks only after the United States seized the stock accounts. He has paid approximately $162,000 but the rest of the money owed the Estate the United States took forcibly.”

Still, Traini wrote “Mr. Gallison is not an evil person.”

Traini also tried to distance the his client’s case from “the likes of Gordon Fox, John Celona, Gerard Martineau, and any number of others convicted” in public corruption cases, arguing that although Gallison was a state representative when he committed the crimes, he did not commit them in his capacity as an elected official.

“A non-public corruption case involving a public official should be treated the same as other cases involving similar offense committed by non-public figure,” Traini wrote.

Traini added that “the fall from grace, the humiliation, embarrassment and loss of dignity…are themselves punishment.”

Traini has not yet responded to a request for comment on the government’s latest filing.

Walt Buteau (wbuteau@wpri.com) is a Target 12 investigative reporter for WPRI 12 and Fox Providence. Follow him on Twitter and on Facebook.