2 Ex-Police Officers To Plead Guilty In Overtime Fraud Case

Two more former Boston police officers are pleading guilty to federal charges in connection with an investigation into overtime fraud at the department’s evidence warehouse.

Acting United States Attorney Nathaniel Mendell's office said Friday that Gerard O’Brien, 62, of Braintree, and Diana Lopez, 56, of Milton, have agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to commit theft concerning programs receiving federal funds and embezzlement from an agency receiving federal funds.

O’Brien is scheduled to plead guilty on June 17. A plea hearing for Lopez has not yet been scheduled.

Prosecutors say the former officers submitted fraudulent overtime slips claiming pay for hours they did not work. Over about three years, they say, O’Brien collected nearly $26,000 in unearned overtime pay and Lopez collected about $36,000.

Earlier this week, Officer Michael Murphy and former Boston police Sgt. George Finch pleaded guilty to similar charges.

A total of 12 current and former officers are charged in the scheme. Prosecutors say more than $250,000 was embezzled.



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