Tuesday, September 10, 2019

More State Police OT fallout


State Police found years-old records in fraud scandal after telling prosecutors they didn’t exist
By Matt Rocheleau Globe Staff,September 10, 2019, 8:21 a.m.
(Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff/file)
About a year and a half into sprawling criminal investigations of trooper payroll fraud, Massachusetts State Police officials this summer suddenly unearthed boxes of key documents that prosecutors had long sought but State Police said didn’t exist, according to a recent court filing.
The newly discovered citation and trooper activity records, most of which are believed to be from 2014 and earlier, point to wrongdoing by at least one trooper — and potentially much more.
The emergence of such files could lead to additional criminal charges, legal experts said, and raises more concerns about State Police record keeping and its ability and willingness to investigate its own troopers.
“A thorough investigation should have uncovered that evidence,” said Peter Elikann, a Boston-based criminal defense attorney.
Elikann and another attorney told the Globe the dates of the newly discovered records put them just past, if not near, the five- and six-year statute of limitations for prosecuting troopers on additional fraud and embezzlement charges.


 

8 Comments:

At September 10, 2019 at 1:23 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This story gets worse and worse every time I read about it.

 
At September 10, 2019 at 2:48 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

“It’s hard to know, or hard to imagine really, that they couldn’t find the records before, but now they can find them,” said the attorney, who spoke on the condition he not be named for fear of harming his client’s case. “It’s really hard to think of a legitimate reason ... There’s got to be a story there.” Ya think!!!???? There is for certain a story here but it is doubtful we will ever know the full extent of this systemic corruption. Fire them all and start fresh. Gilpin should go. This coverup happened under her watch.

 
At September 10, 2019 at 3:31 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

You would have thought they would have gotten all of this out in one dump, deal with the news stories and then move on. Instead they tried to cover up so much shit that eventually came out that this story has been in the news for more than 2 years now and will probably continue to be in the news for a lot longer. They need to get some crisis management people in to teach them how to deal with this stuff. Ultimately, Gilpin has to go, but so should Baker for not doing more to get this cleaned up if you ask me

 
At September 10, 2019 at 4:33 PM , Blogger jim pillsbury said...

I agree on Gilpin. But don't stop there. Why not the command staff who knew all the time that this was going on and did nothing to stop it. (mainly because they all did it as well) They have all now retired and are collecting their pensions. I trust the new found documents will prosecute more Troopers going back as far as they legally can.

 
At September 11, 2019 at 9:09 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

As I have said before they should all be fired and start fresh with a commander who actually commands. Baker has been a huge failure in this area. Despite his success in other areas I really think his failure to lead is a reason to vote him out also.

 
At September 11, 2019 at 11:13 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is sad to say but I am not surprised by this. Our state police have issues deeply entrenched in how they operate and you don't change those behaviors unless you completely clean house.

 
At September 11, 2019 at 3:45 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

THEN LETS CLEAN HOUSE AT THE STATE POLICE. SEEMS LIKE THE ONLY SOLUTION AT THIS POINT

 
At September 13, 2019 at 10:03 AM , Blogger jim pillsbury said...

New charges against the Union boos Pullman:

The embattled former president of the Massachusetts State Police union was indicted Thursday on a host of federal charges — including racketeering and conspiracy — that could land him in federal prison for decades.
Dana A. Pullman, the once powerful head of the State Police Association of Massachusetts from 2012 until September 2018, was arrested last month and accused of taking kickbacks from the union’s former lobbyist and using union money for personal expenses including meals, travel, flowers, and gifts for a girlfriend.
The lobbyist, Anne M. Lynch, was also arrested, accused of paying Pullman, 57, of Worcester, thousands of dollars in kickbacks for steering business to her firm.
A federal grand jury Thursday broadened the charges, adding new tax fraud counts and a third alleged kickback scheme. Lynch, 68, of Hull, allegedly paid two checks totalling $11,250 to Pullman’s wife, allegedly for his help connecting a State Police Association of Massachusetts lawyer with Lynch. The lawyer, who is not named in the indictment, was seeking a marijuana dispensary license.

 

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