Former State Trooper Indicted By Grand Jury In Overtime Probe

A former Massachusetts State Police lieutenant was indicted in federal court Wednesday, the latest development in an ongoing investigation into overtime abuse by the agency, said U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Andrew Lelling's office.

David Wilson, 57, of Charlton, was indicted by a grand jury on one count of embezzlement from an agency receiving federal funds. He was previously charged by a criminal complaint and was arrested June 27.

Wilson was officer-in-charge of several overtime shifts for the now-disbanded Troop E, which was responsible for policing the Massachusetts Turnpike. He allegedly received more than $12,000 in overtime pay for hours that he did not work, the U.S. attorney's office said in the statement.

Prosecutors say he submitted and altered citations issued outside of overtime shifts, and submitted citations that "were never issued and never took place." Investigators corroborated the fraud using state police cruiser radios, Registry of Motor Vehicles records and records of driver history checks run on ticketed drivers.

Wilson is one of six current or former troopers who have been charged in the federal probe. They are:

  • Trooper Kevin Sweeney, 40, of Braintree, who's agreed to plead guilty;
  • Trooper Gary Herman, 45, of Chester;
  • former Trooper Paul Cesan, 50, of Southwick;
  • former Trooper Gregory Raftery, 47, of Westwood, who's pleaded guilty;
  • and retired Trooper Daren DeJong, 56, of Uxbridge.

Wilson's arraignment has not yet been scheduled.

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