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6th State Trooper Charged With Overtime Abuse In Ongoing Investigation

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A sixth Massachusetts state trooper is facing federal criminal charges amid an investigation of overtime abuse after he was paid over $11,000 for hours that he did not work, according to the Massachusetts U.S. attorney's office.

Suspended Trooper Kevin Sweeney, 40, of Braintree is agreeing to plead guilty to charges of embezzlement from an agency receiving federal funds and wire fraud.

Sweeney was assigned to the now-disbanded Troop E that patrolled the Massachusetts Turnpike. He was allegedly paid for overtime shifts that he either did not work at all or from which he left early.

He is the sixth trooper charged as a result of the investigation. Former Lieutenant David Wilson, 57, of Charlton; Trooper Gary Herman, 45, of Chester; former Trooper Paul Cesan, 50, of Southwick; former Trooper Gregory Raftery, 47, of Westwood; and retired Trooper Daren DeJong, 56, of Uxbridge, have also been charged.

A court date for Sweeney has not yet been set.

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