The inspector general of the U.S. Justice Department says Massachusetts U.S. Marshal Anthony Dichio violated federal law and should be disciplined for not putting in a full 40-hour work week and for using his government vehicle for personal errands, the Boston Globe reports. “We believe that Dichio’s ations warrant discipline, including consideration of whether he should remain as the U.S. marshal,” said Inspector General Glenn Fine. The review was started after the Globe published a story last October citing the observations of two reporters that Dichio often was absent from his office in the federal courthouse in Boston.
Dichio, who is paid $130,300 a year, said last night that he would “stand by my performance record.” He cited what he said was a 51 percent increase in arrests of fugitives in the last two years, as well as “significant improvements” to the security of federal courthouses. “Events have played out that show he’s not the best person for the job,” said Sen. John Kerry, a Democrat. Dichio, 45, heads a staff of about 120 responsible for securing courthouses; protecting federal judges, juries, witnesses, and other court officials in Massachusetts; and capturing fugitives and transporting prisoners.