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Boston police officer suspended for taking money from wallet at Encore casino, commissioner says

Above, Encore casino in Everett, Mass. Boston police officer Rebecca Leo is serving an unpaid three-month suspension for stealing money out of a lost wallet at the Encore Boston Harbor Casino until Oct. 1, according to a personnel order issued by Police Commissioner Michael A. Cox.Lane Turner/Globe Staff

A Boston police officer is serving an unpaid three-month suspension for stealing money from a wallet she found at the Encore Boston Harbor casino, according to a personnel order issued by Police Commissioner Michael A. Cox.

Officer Rebecca Leo, who is assigned to the department’s Bureau of Administration and Technology, is suspended from July 3 until Oct. 1, the order dated Aug. 10 said.

Leo was off duty when she “removed money from a lost wallet” at the casino on Aug. 7, 2022, which led to an internal affairs investigation, Cox’s order said.

The investigation concluded that Leo violated two department policies for conduct unbecoming a police officer and larceny under $250, according to the Aug. 10 order.


Under the terms of “a last-chance settlement,” Leo agreed to a 90-day suspension, followed by three years of probation, the order said.

The Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association, the largest police officers union in the city, could not be reached for comment Wednesday night.

Leo was not charged with a crime.

State police, which patrols the casino, said in a statement that security staff notified the Gaming Enforcement Unit that day that a woman picked up a wallet and removed money from it before turning it in.

Although the state police release does not name Leo because charges were not filed, the department confirmed this was the only instance of someone taking money from a wallet that happened on the date cited in Cox’s order.

Two days later, state police said “an associate of the female patron” gave the money back.

Casino security issued a trespass order, prohibiting the woman from returning.

“Based on the prompt restitution, and consistent with casino security staff’s handling of similar matters, GEU did not pursue its own investigation,” state police said.

The attorney general’s office, which has jurisdiction over the casino, confirmed that state police never referred the matter for charges.


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