A former Massachusetts State Police trooper will plead guilty to embezzling government money as part of the ongoing federal investigation into the state’s largest law enforcement agency, where some troopers routinely falsified state records.
Gary Herman, 45, was assigned to the now-disbanded Troop E that formerly operated on the Massachusetts Turnpike in 2016. He collected $12,468 in overtime payments but never showed up for work, according to US Attorney Andrew E. Lelling.
Herman, of Chester, is the third trooper to plead guilty in the ongoing scandal and could spend as much as a year behind bars if the sentencing judge decides to impose the maximum that Lelling’s office will recommend, according to prosecutors.
Like the five other troopers facing charges — including the two other troopers who have also admitted their guilt — Herman collected overtime for working on federally funded programs aimed at reducing crashes along the Pike.
Herman was arrested by FBI agents June 27 along with two other State Police colleagues — former lieutenant David W. Wilson, 57, of Charlton and former trooper Paul E. Cesan, 50, of Southwick — becoming the first troopers to be taken into custody and handcuffed.
Wilson and Cesan have pleaded not guilty to all charges they face. Retired trooper Daren DeJong is now also facing charges, and he has also pleaded not guilty.
Herman allegedly altered citations to make it look like he issued tickets during the phony overtime shifts, rather than his regular shifts, a practice federal officials said was known as creating “ghost” tickets.
A date for the plea and sentencing for the 45-year-old Herman has not been set. Lelling’s office said it will ask for a prison term of between six months and a year.