Ex-lieutenant, trooper sentenced to 1 day in prison in State Police overtime scandal
A former State Police shift commander and a trooper ensnared in the high-profile overtime scandal were each sentenced to a single day of prison, which a judge deemed had already been served.
Ex-State Police trooper sentenced to prison in overtime fraud scandal
Kevin Sweeney, 40, of Braintree was sentenced to two months in federal prison, plus one year of supervised release.
State Police, other public safety agencies failed to pay $7 million in taxes on employee perks
Coming up with the money to pay back the IRS in full will require special approval from lawmakers.
The governor promised State Police reforms. A year later, results are mixed
Several initiatives are partially, if not entirely, unfulfilled, and a shift in culture at the troubled agency has proven stubbornly elusive.
Prosecutors describe second ticket quota system in troubled State Police unit
In a new court filing, federal prosecutors say a quota system for troopers to issue tickets to motorists was more widespread within a troubled State Police unit than previously disclosed.
The State Police know every time you drive on or off Cape Cod
Cameras record the license plates of every vehicle that drives over the two bridges, the data fed to a vast, growing database that now includes more than 100 million trips.
4 troopers suspended in OT scandal win their jobs back
The department failed to follow proper due process procedures in disciplining four troopers, according to a state Civil Service Commission ruling Thursday.
Former State Police trooper sentenced to three months in prison in overtime scandal
Retired trooper Gregory Raftery, 48, of Westwood was ordered to serve three months in federal prison for collecting pay for hours he did not work.
First state trooper sentenced in OT scandal avoids prison time
Eric Chin, 46, of Hanover was sentenced to a year of supervised release, including three months of home detention, and ordered to pay $7,000 in restitution.
State trooper destroyed records to cover up OT fraud, prosecutors allege
Prosecutors allege a former trooper destroyed copies of traffic citations as part of his scheme to cover up how he skipped hundreds of hours of overtime shifts.
State Police move to fire suspended trooper convicted of raping, assaulting former girlfriend
Trooper Robert Sundberg was convicted on two counts of rape, assault with intent to rape, strangulation, stalking, and five counts of assault and battery on a household or family member.
State Police had a quota system for issuing tickets, prosecutors allege
The Massachusetts State Police has repeatedly denied the existence of ticket quotas in recent years, but federal prosecutors outlined such a system last week.
Spurned recruit asks judge to force State Police to accept him
A federal jury last year found that State Police unfairly denied a black applicant. Now, he wants a judge to order the agency to give him a job.
SJC breaks new legal ground in discrimination case involving retired state trooper
The Supreme Judicial Court for the first time interpreted the state’s workplace discrimination law to cover management decisions on which employees are given lateral transfers.
Ideas on increasing diversity at State Police draw criticism
At the Massachusetts State Police, eight in 10 troopers are white men, no minorities hold high-ranking positions, and there have been numerous discrimination accusations.
State Police payroll dipped last year but is expected to increase in 2019
Under fire for a wide-ranging criminal overtime fraud scandal, the Massachusetts State Police curbed payroll spending — slightly — during 2018 for the first time in years.
Former State Police lieutenants face more charges in OT scandal
David Wilson of Charlton, John Giulino of Lanesborough, and David Keefe of Norfolk stole thousands of dollars through claiming bogus overtime in 2015, the AG said.
Another state trooper charged in overtime scandal
Trooper Heath McAuliffe was released without bail on several conditions after an initial US District Court appearance Wednesday.
Retired state trooper pleads guilty to collecting bogus OT
Prosecutors will recommend a sentence between 10 months and 16 months behind bars for Paul Cesan, per a plea agreement.
Embattled former union boss retires from Mass. State Police
Facing a federal fraud investigation, the former head of the Massachusetts State Police union has retired from the job he held for the past three decades as a trooper.
Union boss who defended state troopers faces his own fraud investigation
Dana Pullman is at the center of his own federal fraud investigation, with investigators asking whether the union leader was helping himself while helping others.
Law enforcement group wants outside review of State Police
The group of current and former members of State Police and other law enforcement is calling for the creation of an oversight panel whose members have no ties to state politics.
Charlie Baker open to State Police leadership rule change
The governor said allowing his office to consider candidates who have a law enforcement background but are not within the State Police ranks “is certainly worth talking about.”
2 more guilty pleas in State Police OT scandal
One suspended state trooper and one retired trooper agreed to plead guilty in connection with an ongoing investigation into overtime abuse, the US attorney’s office in Boston said Friday.
Retired State Police lieutenant arraigned in overtime scam
The retired lieutenant is one of several current and former troopers facing criminal charges stemming from an overtime fraud probe that has rocked the agency.
State Police union sues to block changes amid new payroll abuse claims
The State Police union Thursday filed a lawsuit against the department to block abrupt policy changes Colonel Kerry Gilpin made after accusing troopers of misusing paid leave.
State Police boss launches probe into union-related payroll fraud allegations
The head of Massachusetts State Police has launched an investigation into new accusations of trooper payroll fraud, alleging some members used the union as an excuse to take paid leave.
State Police tried to destroy payroll records during fraud investigations
The department sought to destroy boxes filled with potential evidence in the department’s ongoing internal audit, as well as federal and state criminal probes, into alleged overtime fraud.
State Police union picks new president amid federal probe of campaign donations
Sergeant Mark S. Lynch was appointed to the post by the board of the powerful State Police Association of Massachusetts.
State Police force shrinks, while workload grows
Troopers are retiring at a record clip this year, amid a growing workload — a trend that experts say could cost taxpayers money, imperil public safety, or both.
State Police union president Pullman resigns amid new federal probe
Dana Pullman said he was stepping down as union president for “personal reasons,” but it comes as the union faces a burgeoning criminal investigation.
Jay Gonzalez calls for firing heads of State Police, public safety office
The Democratic gubernatorial nominee said Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin and Public Safety Secretary Daniel Bennett have failed to do enough to reform State Police.
State Police to hire firm to audit pay practices after overtime fraud scandal
A key focus for Ernst & Young will be how the state’s largest law enforcement agency manages and monitors employee earnings and benefits.
Three former State Police lieutenants indicted in AG’s OT probe
They are the first to be charged by the state since it launched its probe into overtime abuse, and come after the US attorney’s office has brought federal charges against six current and former troopers in an investigation that is also ongoing.
Ex-State Police trooper indicted by federal grand jury in overtime fraud scandal
A former Massachusetts State Police trooper was indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday for allegedly collecting thousands of dollars in overtime pay for shifts he didn’t work.
Mass. launches office to oversee scandal-plagued State Police
The Internal Special Audit Unit for State Police will be a division of the Inspector General’s office, an independent state agency.
State Police probe clears leaders in hiring of trooper with drug-dealing past
Questions about how Trooper Leigha Genduso, an unindicted co-conspirator in a major marijuana trafficking case, became a civilian dispatcher in 2008 and then a trooper erupted earlier this year.
Ex-State Police lieutenant indicted by federal grand jury in OT fraud scandal
The 57-year-old Charlton man is one of six troopers who face federal charges for allegedly collecting pay for overtime hours they did not work
Second State Police trooper to plead guilty in OT fraud case
The 40-year-old trooper, who allegedly stole $11,103 in overtime, is the sixth person to be charged in the widening overtime fraud scandal.
4 more State Police troopers are eyed in overtime fraud scandal
The troopers’ names will be shared with federal and state prosecutors who are conducting separate criminal probes.
State Police got many warnings on payroll abuse. And they did nothing
Records show leaders were repeatedly confronted not only with remarkable amounts of OT, but also suspicious sick time claims and sloppy record-keeping.
State Police trooper admits getting free guns, is cooperating in criminal probe
The criminal probe focuses on whether former troopers violated the law by receiving complimentary guns after negotiating a deal with a firearms dealer.
For some State Police, it’s a posting in paradise
As broad cost-cutting measures and staff realignments continue to batter State Police on the mainland, sleepy island barracks on Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard continue to endure.
Baker’s plan to cut State Police OT spending faces major hurdles
In early May, the governor and the head of the State Police promised a crackdown on overtime spending, including a decrease of up to 40 percent in one of its most costly units.
Federal judge tosses troopers’ suit over altered arrest reports
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by two state troopers who said they were illegally forced to alter a report on the arrest of a judge’s daughter.