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Former Boston Police clerk arrested on federal charges of alleged overtime fraud

A former Boston Police Department clerk was arrested Wednesday on charges that she collected about $29,000 in fraudulent overtime payments between 2017 and 2018, federal prosecutors said.

Marilyn Golisano, 68, was indicted on six counts of wire fraud and one count of embezzlement from an agency receiving federal funds and aggravated identity theft, the US Attorney’s office for Massachusetts said in a statement.

Golisano, a former clerk in the District A-1 Detectives Unit who handled overtime paperwork, submitted dozens of fraudulent overtime slips, forging the signatures of at least three different BPD supervisors, prosecutors said.

During the alleged fraud, Golisano’s overtime pay more than doubled, increasing from just over $15,000 in 2016 to more than $33,000 in 2018, prosecutors said. Over that span, her duties didn’t change, her pay rate didn’t increase significantly, and no substantial new overtime hours were approved by her supervisor, prosecutors said.


During several overtime shifts when Golisano claimed to be working downtown, her cellphone geolocation records showed she was actually miles away, they said.

US Attorney Andrew E. Lelling said Golisano “did a disservice to taxpayers and to the reputation of her colleagues in law enforcement.”

“The vast majority of law enforcement officers serve their communities honorably and with selflessness but, in those instances where public servants cross the line, we will not hesitate to get involved,” he said. “I applaud the Boston Police Department for their commitment to rooting out corruption, and for their dedication to protecting the city day in and day out.”

A Boston police spokesman said the department’s anti-corruption unit started the investigation into Golisano.

Golisano’s lawyer said his client had “served the Boston Police Department diligently and faithfully for 35 years until retirement.”

“She has spent her life serving her co workers and her family,” Kevin L. Barron wrote in an e-mail. “She will defend herself against these accusations successfully.”


Boston Police Commissioner William G. Gross said “the allegations and behavior alleged in today’s indictment is very troubling and in no way reflect the attitudes of the hard-working employees of the Boston Police Department.”

“I hold my employees to the highest standards and expect them to obey all laws,” he said. “News of these indictments send a strong message that this type of behavior will not be tolerated or ignored and can damage the trust that all my members of the department have worked so hard to build with the communities we serve.”

Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.andersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.