SJC breaks new legal ground in discrimination case involving retired state trooper
The Supreme Judicial Court for the first time interpreted the state’s workplace discrimination law to cover management decisions on which employees are given lateral transfers.
Ideas on increasing diversity at State Police draw criticism
At the Massachusetts State Police, eight in 10 troopers are white men, no minorities hold high-ranking positions, and there have been numerous discrimination accusations.
Retired state trooper pleads guilty to collecting bogus OT
Prosecutors will recommend a sentence between 10 months and 16 months behind bars for Paul Cesan, per a plea agreement.
Embattled former union boss retires from Mass. State Police
Facing a federal fraud investigation, the former head of the Massachusetts State Police union has retired from the job he held for the past three decades as a trooper.
Union boss who defended state troopers faces his own fraud investigation
Dana Pullman is at the center of his own federal fraud investigation, with investigators asking whether the union leader was helping himself while helping others.
Law enforcement group wants outside review of State Police
The group of current and former members of State Police and other law enforcement is calling for the creation of an oversight panel whose members have no ties to state politics.
Charlie Baker open to State Police leadership rule change
The governor said allowing his office to consider candidates who have a law enforcement background but are not within the State Police ranks “is certainly worth talking about.”
2 more guilty pleas in State Police OT scandal
One suspended state trooper and one retired trooper agreed to plead guilty in connection with an ongoing investigation into overtime abuse, the US attorney’s office in Boston said Friday.
Retired State Police lieutenant arraigned in overtime scam
The retired lieutenant is one of several current and former troopers facing criminal charges stemming from an overtime fraud probe that has rocked the agency.
State Police union sues to block changes amid new payroll abuse claims
The State Police union Thursday filed a lawsuit against the department to block abrupt policy changes Colonel Kerry Gilpin made after accusing troopers of misusing paid leave.
State Police boss launches probe into union-related payroll fraud allegations
The head of Massachusetts State Police has launched an investigation into new accusations of trooper payroll fraud, alleging some members used the union as an excuse to take paid leave.
State Police tried to destroy payroll records during fraud investigations
The department sought to destroy boxes filled with potential evidence in the department’s ongoing internal audit, as well as federal and state criminal probes, into alleged overtime fraud.
State Police union picks new president amid federal probe of campaign donations
Sergeant Mark S. Lynch was appointed to the post by the board of the powerful State Police Association of Massachusetts.
State Police force shrinks, while workload grows
Troopers are retiring at a record clip this year, amid a growing workload — a trend that experts say could cost taxpayers money, imperil public safety, or both.
State Police union president Pullman resigns amid new federal probe
Dana Pullman said he was stepping down as union president for “personal reasons,” but it comes as the union faces a burgeoning criminal investigation.
Jay Gonzalez calls for firing heads of State Police, public safety office
The Democratic gubernatorial nominee said Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin and Public Safety Secretary Daniel Bennett have failed to do enough to reform State Police.
State Police to hire firm to audit pay practices after overtime fraud scandal
A key focus for Ernst & Young will be how the state’s largest law enforcement agency manages and monitors employee earnings and benefits.
Three former State Police lieutenants indicted in AG’s OT probe
They are the first to be charged by the state since it launched its probe into overtime abuse, and come after the US attorney’s office has brought federal charges against six current and former troopers in an investigation that is also ongoing.
Ex-State Police trooper indicted by federal grand jury in overtime fraud scandal
A former Massachusetts State Police trooper was indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday for allegedly collecting thousands of dollars in overtime pay for shifts he didn’t work.
Mass. launches office to oversee scandal-plagued State Police
The Internal Special Audit Unit for State Police will be a division of the Inspector General’s office, an independent state agency.
State Police probe clears leaders in hiring of trooper with drug-dealing past
Questions about how Trooper Leigha Genduso, an unindicted co-conspirator in a major marijuana trafficking case, became a civilian dispatcher in 2008 and then a trooper erupted earlier this year.
Ex-State Police lieutenant indicted by federal grand jury in OT fraud scandal
The 57-year-old Charlton man is one of six troopers who face federal charges for allegedly collecting pay for overtime hours they did not work
Second State Police trooper to plead guilty in OT fraud case
The 40-year-old trooper, who allegedly stole $11,103 in overtime, is the sixth person to be charged in the widening overtime fraud scandal.
4 more State Police troopers are eyed in overtime fraud scandal
The troopers’ names will be shared with federal and state prosecutors who are conducting separate criminal probes.
State Police got many warnings on payroll abuse. And they did nothing
Records show leaders were repeatedly confronted not only with remarkable amounts of OT, but also suspicious sick time claims and sloppy record-keeping.
State Police trooper admits getting free guns, is cooperating in criminal probe
The criminal probe focuses on whether former troopers violated the law by receiving complimentary guns after negotiating a deal with a firearms dealer.
For some State Police, it’s a posting in paradise
As broad cost-cutting measures and staff realignments continue to batter State Police on the mainland, sleepy island barracks on Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard continue to endure.
Baker’s plan to cut State Police OT spending faces major hurdles
In early May, the governor and the head of the State Police promised a crackdown on overtime spending, including a decrease of up to 40 percent in one of its most costly units.
Federal judge tosses troopers’ suit over altered arrest reports
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by two state troopers who said they were illegally forced to alter a report on the arrest of a judge’s daughter.
Former Mass. State Police trooper pleads guilty in overtime fraud case
Gregory Raftery regularly left shifts early or failed to show up for them at all, but still collected the extra cash. The guilty plea comes days after three additional troopers were indicted for similar alleged fraud.
State Police public-safety protocol cries out for reform
On top of other bad news for Massachusetts State Police, more dubious overtime abuses have come to light.
As State Police overtime probe intensifies, troopers race to lock in pensions and retire
At least 17 troopers linked to overtime abuse and under suspicion for payroll fraud have retired in recent months, locking in generous pensions and cashing out unused benefits and perks.
A timeline of State Police controversies
A look back at recent scandals that have plagued the Massachusetts State Police.
Records reveal trooper posts that are overtime all the time
These Emergency Response posts, tucked in trailers or nondescript government buildings, are staffed purely on an overtime basis.
7 more state police troopers facing investigation for overtime pay theft
State Police are investigating another seven troopers for potential theft of overtime pay, bringing the total number of troopers facing scrutiny to about 40.
State Police name former attorney general to head probe into handling of drugged driver case
Lynn DeWolfe allegedly caused a fatal crash while driving drugged, minutes after a trooper let her go following an earlier crash.
Take a look at the financial perks State Police troopers enjoy
State Police perks have been thrust into the spotlight after revelations that some troopers are paid $40 a day to drive their own cars to work.
Report criticizes ex-State Police head for arrest report rewrite
Former State Police colonel Richard McKeon was wrong to order a trooper to rewrite a report about the arrest of the daughter of a judge, according to a report released Friday.
Taxes not paid on perks for troopers
Tax specialists said the state’s actions appear to skirt federal tax rules. The IRS could seek millions of dollars in back taxes.
State Police payroll head struggled with debt before alleged theft began
Denise Ezekiel kept her head down Monday during her highly anticipated arraignment on a charge of stealing $23,900 in public funds.
State Police official faces theft charges
The woman who heads the State Police payroll department has been on unpaid leave for months amid allegations that she’s been stealing from the agency.
Table: What State Police in Troop F make
This table updates an earlier version state officials released that did not include per diem payments troopers received last year.
More hidden State Police pay surfaces. This time: millions in perks
Members of Troop F get $40 each time they drive their own car to work, which heavily contributed to more than $3.4 million in additional payouts over four years.
House budget calls for State Police oversight and rebuffs Baker’s Medicaid plan
The $40.98 billion budget proposal also ditches the governor’s call to shift millions of dollars of MBTA salaries from its operating budget onto its capital spending plan.