Twenty-one Massachusetts State Troopers will face disciplinary hearings for allegedly logging overtime for shifts they didn’t actually work.
MSP Colonel Kerry Gilpin reported that 19 active troopers, a retiree and one suspended employee will face duty status hearings following an audit that found discrepancies in the aforementioned troopers’ overtime logs.
“Depending on the outcome of the hearings, these members face a potential change in their duty status, up to and including suspension without pay while the investigation into the apparent pay discrepancies is conducted,” Gilpin said, adding that state police officials will “seek to determine whether policies, rules, or regulations of the state police were violated” and “whether criminal charges are warranted. “
According to the Boston Herald, the audit findings have been submitted to state Attorney General Maura Healey and Gilpin said the MSP will carry out whatever action is deemed necessary by the legal office.
“We are expanding this audit even further to examine all traffic enforcement overtime shifts worked by department members in all troops,” Gilpin said. “The point of that is to determine whether there are any discrepancies between overtime paid and actual patrols worked department-wide.”
The story will be updated as it develops.
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