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Former Boston Police Clerk Charged By Feds With Overtime Fraud And Identity Theft

Boston Police headquarters. (Joe Difazio/WBUR file)
Boston Police headquarters. (Joe Difazio/WBUR file)

A former Boston Police Department clerk was arrested Wednesday for her role in an overtime fraud scheme, prosecutors said.

Marilyn Golisano, 68, was indicted on six counts of wire fraud and one count each of embezzlement from an agency receiving federal funds and aggravated identity theft, the U.S. attorney's office for Massachusetts said in a statement.

Golisano was tasked with handling overtime paperwork for the department's District A-1 Detectives Unit. Prosecutors said she submitted false and fraudulent overtime slips and forged signatures of at least three BPD supervisors, during which time her overtime compensation "more than doubled, increasing from just over $15,000 in 2016 to $26,000 in 2017 and to over $33,000 in 2018."

She allegedly stole a total of $11,094 from BPD in 2017 and $18,090 in 2018, according to prosecutors.

Prosecutors also said that during several of Golisano's overtime shifts, when she claimed to be working in Boston, her phone's geolocation services showed she was miles away.

Golisano is set to appear in federal court in Boston later Wednesday.

In September of last year, nine current and former Boston police officers were charged in what appears to be a separate overtime fraud scheme, collecting a total of more than $200,000 in fraudulent pay.

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