Prosecutors: 3rd State Trooper Will Plead Guilty To Overtime Theft

A Massachusetts State Police officer keeps watch over a line of people waiting to pass through security before rehearsal for the annual Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular on the Esplanade in Boston in 2016. (Michael Dwyer/AP)
Massachusetts is experiencing long delays in police recruits, particularly candidates of color, due to a lack of sufficient funding at the state Civil Service Commission. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

A third state police trooper will plead guilty to overtime fraud, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Wednesday.

The officer, Gary Herman, 45, of Chester, was suspended from duty after his arrest in June. He had previously been charged with one count of embezzlement from an agency receiving federal funds.

Authorities said Herman was assigned to the now-disbanded Troop E, which patrolled the Mass Pike from Boston to the New York state border.

Herman made $227,826 in 2016, more than $63,000 of which was overtime pay. According to prosecutors, Herman faked information to make it look like he was working, including fabricated citations and paperwork.

Prosecutors say he intends to plead guilty to collecting $12,468 in overtime hours he did not work. A hearing date hasn't been set.

In addition to Herman, five other state troopers have been charged with overtime abuse in an ongoing investigation.



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