Friday, March 22, 2019

Trooper destroyed bogus traffic citations

The Feds have now more clear evidence of how State Cops got away with the OT scam. According to the Matt Rocheleau at the Globe, the carbon copies of the fake citations were destroyed. One of those copies went to the registry, courts and the offenders copy. It all makes sense now... faking the tickets and destroying the copies so no one was ever alerted. I wonder how much time he will get? In July he admitted to collecting 51k in OT for hours he didn't work in 2015 and 2016, the highest amount of money paid to any trooper involved with this scheme.

By Matt Rocheleau Globe Staff  March 21, 2019
In a court filing, US prosecutors allege a former Massachusetts state trooper destroyed copies of traffic citations as part of his scheme to put in for hundreds of hours of overtime pay without doing the work.
Gregory Raftery, 48, of Westwood, wrote “bogus” traffic citations and submitted one copy of each phony ticket to the State Police to make it appear he had been working, according to a sentencing memo filed Thursday by prosecutors in US Attorney Andrew E. Lelling’s office.
Then, prosecutors said, he destroyed the carbon copies of those fake citations instead of sending them to the courts and the Registry of Motor Vehicles, which hold hearings and process fines and penalties against drivers. He also destroyed the copies that would have gone to the offenders. Falsifying and destroying traffic citations, or even attempting to do so, is illegal under state law.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

a pot shop in a Mall near you?

Look what they are talking about in Springfield. Could that happen in the Ham?

SPRINGFIELD — A local business is proposing to open a marijuana facility for retail sales, cultivation and manufacturing at the former Macy’s at the Eastfield Mall.
David Mech, president of Cannaworld Inc., of Springfield, said he is proposing to locate the retail store in a portion of the first floor at 1685 Boston Road, and the cultivation/manufacturing facility on the second floor.
The public is invited to attend a community outreach meeting, scheduled 7 p.m. March 27 at the Eastfield Mall Food Court, for details of the proposal and to ask questions.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Like most drivers knew... State Cops had ticket quotas

Among the long list and getting longer, of revelations that have been uncovered by the Globe, this latest affirmation by a convicted State Cop who plead guilty last year to embezzlement in the overtime abuse scandal, confirms what most drivers suspected for decades, cops had quotas for handing out tickets.
Back in 2005, a State Appellate court ruled that the quotas were unconstitutional stemming from a case in Newton. So it's safe to conclude, the practice of ticket quotas has been mandated by superiors and commanders. I would think that lawyers around the state will seek some court time challenging tickets from 2005 to date.
The Governor seems content with the constant attention that is given to the State Police by various media sources. Most of which have uncovered very serious and criminal actions by highly trained and paid law enforcement employee's of the State. The Governor seems content with issuing statements of support from Col Gilpin who has made a commitment to clean up the force.

By Matt Rocheleau Globe Staff  March 19, 2019
Federal prosecutors say troopers from a troubled State Police unit had a quota system for issuing tickets to motorists, a practice that state courts have deemed unconstitutional and agency officials have repeatedly denied exists.
Members of the now-disbanded Troop E were expected to issue at least eight citations during their shifts under a specialized overtime program, which dozens of troopers allegedly abused to collect fraudulent overtime, according to prosecutors.
 “Any failure to issue the required number of citations had to be explained to supervisors and command staff,” prosecutors wrote in a new court filing included in the ongoing overtime case. “Repeated failures to meet this quota often resulted in a trooper being blocked from receiving such overtime opportunities.”
The allegation emerged last week in a sentencing memo for former trooper Eric Chin, who pleaded guilty late last year to embezzlement as part of the federal investigation into overtime abuses at the agency.