February 10

Woman who lied to federal grand jury in Maine sentenced to year of probation

The Massachusetts woman lied to cover up for her then-boyfriend, who was involved in an armed robbery of a jewelry store in Kittery in 2007.

By Scott Dolan sdolan@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

A Massachusetts woman who lied to a federal grand jury in Maine about a 2007 jewelry heist in which gunmen took hostages in a Kittery store was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Portland to a year of probation.

Yaira Ramos, 30, of Saugus, Mass., had pleaded guilty in October before U.S. District Judge D. Brock Hornby to a charge of making false statements to the grand jury for lies she told in 2008 to cover up for her then-boyfriend, Miguel Caraballo, and two other men after they robbed the Ultra Diamonds jewelry store, according to court records.

Caraballo drove a stolen van while the others, Kelvin Morales and Sam Rodriguez, went into the jewelry store on June 26, 2007, ordered the employees into a back room at gunpoint and then restrained them with zip ties. Morales and Rodriguez stole jewelry from the store’s display cases and escaped through the back door, according to filings by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Caraballo, Morales and Rodriguez then drove back to Caraballo’s apartment in Lawrence, Mass., where Ramos saw them come in with bags of stolen jewelry from the robbery, including a display box with rings that she saw one of them put on the table, the court records state.

Ramos was asked by a prosecutor during the grand jury proceeding whether she found out what was in the bags that the men brought into the apartment.

“No. Didn’t even ask,” Ramos told the grand jury, according to the court filing.

Caraballo, 42, was sentenced on March 5 to more than 9½ years in federal prison. Morales and Rodriguez, both 27, were sentenced in 2008 to serve nearly six years and more than 6½ years, respectively. Caraballo, Morales and Rodriguez were each ordered to pay nearly $167,000 in restitution.

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