Prison Likely for Former State Trooper
BOSTON -- A former Massachusetts State Police trooper pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $50,000 in pay for overtime he did not work, authorities said, making him the fourth trooper implicated in a wide-ranging investigation into alleged overtime abuse at the agency.
Gregory Raftery, 47, of Westwood pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to one count of embezzling funds from a state agency receiving federal funds, according to a press release from the office of U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling. The agreement in Raftery’s case was unsealed Tuesday.
Raftery will likely be sentenced to prison under a plea agreement, though a judge has yet to sign off on the deal.
In 2015 and 2016, Raftery, who was part of the State Police’s now-disbanded Troop E, signed up for hundreds of overtime shifts as part of a program patrolling Interstate 90. He regularly departed those four-hour shifts one to three hours early or did not show up at all, authorities said in court documents.
Raftery was one of 40 individuals flagged by an ongoing audit into State Police overtime.
“This Department played a lead role in uncovering the overtime abuse that led to this conviction, and will continue to hold accountable any member who violates our Code of Conduct,” Col. Kerry A. Gilpin, superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, said in a statement.
“The State Police will inform the State Retirement Board of this conviction, continue auditing overtime shifts, and continue to provide audit results to state and federal prosecutors for their review,” she continued “Anyone within our ranks who breaks the law does not represent who we are and the values we hold dear. Rest assured that no one is more disheartened by this illegal conduct than am I and the overwhelming majority of Troopers who exhibit integrity and bravery every day.”
Raftery also submitted citations for traffic stops that never actually happened in an attempt to cover his tracks, investigators said. He allegedly used a police database to obtain driver information for the citations.
Investigators said Raftery also left early or did not show up from other overtime shifts in addition to the traffic-patrol program.
Raftery earned a total of $202,769, including $82,514 in overtime, in 2015 and $219,669, including $87,607 in overtime, in 2016. He admitted to receiving more than $24,000 in 2015 and more than $30,000 in 2016 for overtime he did not work, according to authorities.
Under the plea agreement reached June 27, both parties recommend Raftery be sentenced to between 12 and 18 months in prison, restitution of about $51,000 and a fine to be set by the court. He will be sentenced on Sept. 25.
Investigation into overtime abuse has roiled the State Police. Troop E was shuttered in April as the scandal unfolded.
Three other retired or suspended troopers -- 57-year-old David Wilson of Charlton, 45-year-old Gary Herman of Chester and 50-year-old Paul Cesan of Southwick -- were arrested last week and charged with embezzlement as part of the investigation.
All three plead not guilty at their initial court appearances.
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