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Retired State Police lieutenant arraigned in overtime scam

Massachusetts State Police Headquarters in Framingham.
Massachusetts State Police Headquarters in Framingham. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff/file)

A retired State Police lieutenant pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of allegedly stealing at least $19,000 in bogus overtime payments.

David Wilson, 57, of Charlton, entered his plea in Suffolk Superior Court and was released on personal recognizance.

He and his lawyer declined to comment afterward.

Wilson is charged with larceny over $250 by single scheme, procurement fraud, and violating standards of conduct for public employees, according to Attorney General Maura Healey’s office.

The retired lieutenant is one of several current and former troopers facing criminal charges stemming from an overtime fraud probe that has rocked the law enforcement agency.

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Healey’s office last month announced that Wilson and two other retired lieutenants, John Giulino, 68, of Lanesborough, and David Keefe, 52, of Norfolk, were being charged with identical counts in state court.

Giulino and Keefe have denied the charges through their lawyer.

The indictment of the trio in state court came after US Attorney Andrew E. Lelling’s office filed federal charges against six current and former troopers, including Wilson.

The state and federal probes are both ongoing. Dozens of current or active troopers have been implicated in suspected overtime fraud.

All three defendants in the state case were supervisors in Troop E, the unit that had previously patrolled the Massachusetts Turnpike until it was disbanded amid the overtime scandal this spring, according to Healey’s office.

Wilson, who retired in March, was a shift commander in Troop E’s Boston duty office in 2016. That year, he earned more than $259,000, which included more than $103,000 in overtime pay. Also that year, Healey’s office said, Wilson allegedly submitted fake claims for at least 180 hours of overtime pay, meaning he collected at least $19,000 for hours he did not work.

Wilson, according to authorities, allegedly would regularly schedule his overtime shifts before his regular shifts and submit claims for both shifts, meaning he was double paid for a number of overlapping hours.

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Wilson also faces a federal embezzlement charge in a separate case brought by Lelling. He’s pleaded not guilty in that matter as well.

Federal authorities alleged he stole less overtime money than Healey’s office claimed. According to an FBI affidavit, he was accused of stealing $12,450 in overtime pay, which is at least $6,550 less than what Healey’s office alleges.

On Friday morning, Wilson appeared stoic during the brief hearing as he stood in a beige suit and stared straight ahead.

He and his wife held hands as they walked toward the elevator on the seventh floor of the courthouse.

Wilson’s next hearing in the state case is slated for Dec. 14.