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.

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Troop E was the unit that had previously patrolled the Massachusetts Turnpike until it was disbanded amid the overtime scandal this spring.

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.

Dana Pullman resigned from the State Police union in September.

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.

Charlie Baker spoke with The Globe’s editorial board on Friday.

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.”

Massachusetts State Police Headquarters in Framingham.

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.

Colonel Kerry Gilpin said an initial review found troopers were using a taxpayer-funded time-off benefit afforded to union members for illegitimate purposes.

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 headquarters in Framingham.

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.

Massachusetts State Police Headquarters in Framingham.

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.

Former union chief Dana Pullman criticized media vilification of troopers.

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.

Dana Pullman, who led the powerful State Police Association of Massachusetts for six years, stepped down Friday, citing “personal reasons.”

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.

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jay Gonzalez.

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.

Massachusetts State Police headquarters is seen in Framingham.

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.

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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.

A newly passed statute grants the audit division full access to records at the State Police, which must cooperate.

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.

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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.

Colonel Kerry Gilpin, now head of State Police, had written at least three inspection reports that flagged some troopers for remarkable overtime hours but didn’t probe further.

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.

A Massachusetts State Police trooper has admitted receiving free guns from a state-contracted firearms dealer and is cooperating with prosecutors in an ongoing criminal investigation into the sale of department weapons, according to two people familiar with the probe.

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.

Massachusetts State Police headquarters is seen in Framingham.

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.

Massachusetts State Police headquarters.

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.

Massachusetts State Police headquarters.

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.

State Police Colonel Kerry Gilpin at the Massachusetts State Police Spring Awards Ceremony at the State House.


State Police deserve a clean break from the past

Wanted: an experienced reformer who can restore public confidence in a troubled law-enforcement agency.

Suspended trooper Gary S. Herman, 45, of Chester, left federal court last week.

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.

A state trooper drove out from Emergency Response Station 10 in a Charlestown industrial park.

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.

Current and former Troop E members have been linked in recent months to alleged fraud, resulting in a series of internal investigations, a separate probe by the attorney general’s office, and the disbanding of the entire unit.

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.

Lynn DeWolfe.

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.

The Massachusetts State Police has faced widespread scrutiny following a series of revelations of hefty payouts, hidden payroll, and generous perks for troopers.

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.

Former State Police colonel Richard McKeon.

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.

State Police at Logan Airport Boston.

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.

Denise Ezekiel, a former payroll director for the State Police who is alleged to have stolen nearly $24,000 from the department, stood in court on Monday.

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.

New disclosures show state troopers who worked out of Logan Airport get $40 every day for driving their car to work.

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.

“I feel right now, fiscally, this is a responsible budget,” House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo said.

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.

Perfection won a three-year contract in 2016 for a heavily traveled part of the turnpike.

Overtime scandal not first time State Police unit under scrutiny

The Inspector General found that troopers steered thousands of motorists to a favored contractor.The Inspector General found that in 2016, Troop E diverted thousands of motorists to a favored tow company.

State Police at Logan Airport in Boston.


Governors have been trying to fix the State Police for decades. Is this time different?

While Charlie Baker’s proposed reforms sound good, it’s worth remembering that we’ve been here before.

The Massachusetts State Police substation at the Boston Fish Pier in the Seaport District.

In Seaport, it’s State Police vs. Boston police in battle over turf

State Police scandals have ignited a long-running tug of war over who polices the several-block South Boston waterfront.

Governor Charlie Baker and State Police Colonel Kerry Gilpin spoke to reporters Monday.

State Police overhaul will require union talks, Baker says

“Nothing changes on the timetable,” Baker told reporters Wednesday at the State House.

Governor Charlie Baker and Massachusetts State Police Colonel Kerry Gilpin held a press conference at the State House to announce a series of reforms to policies and procedures at the Massachusetts State Police.

State Police to eliminate Troop E in wake of overtime scandal

An investigation found that dozens of active and retired members of Troop E, which patrols the Mass. Pike, allegedly put in for overtime shifts they didn’t work.

State Police OT pay probe brings 8 more troopers under investigation

Eight more State Police troopers are under investigation for alleged overtime pay theft, bringing the total number of active and retired troopers under scrutiny in that probe to 30.

A State Police cruiser at Logan Airport.

Troop F detective collected more than $300,000 in each of the last three years

Landing an assignment in the State Police department’s Troop F has long been considered a lucrative gig, but in recent years overtime payouts in the division have soared to new extremes.

Attorney General Maura Healey is calling on Governor Charlie Baker to take more leadership in addressing State Police transparency concerns.

Healey calls on Baker to address transparency concerns over State Police records

The concerns were raised in the wake of revelations that payroll records for an entire State Police division were not disclosed for years.