June 27, 2018
Three Massachusetts State Police Troopers Arrested in Embezzlement Scheme
On June 27, 2018, David Wilson, a retired lieutenant with the Massachusetts State Police (MSP); Paul Cesan, a retired MSP trooper; and Gary Herman, a suspended MSP trooper, were arrested during an investigation into overtime fraud. On June 26, 2018, the three men were charged via criminal complaints in U.S. District Court, Boston, Massachusetts, with embezzlement from an agency receiving Federal funds.
The complaints alleged that on several occasions the MSP troopers received substantial overtime pay after signing up for overtime shifts, although they either did not work the shifts or departed early. To conceal the fraud scheme, the troopers allegedly created and submitted citations that were never issued. In addition, Cesan and Herman allegedly submitted altered traffic citations issued during their regular shifts to make them appear as though they were issued on overtime.
MSP routinely receives DOT grants to enforce traffic regulations on public roadways.
DOT-OIG is conducting this investigation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Note: Indictments, informations and criminal complaints are only accusations by the Government. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.