July 25, 2018
Fifth Massachusetts State Trooper Arrested in Overtime Abuse Investigation
On July 25, 2018, Daren DeJong, a retired trooper with the Massachusetts State Police (MSP), was arrested during an investigation into overtime fraud. On July 24, 2018, DeJong was charged via criminal complaint in U.S. District Court, Boston, Massachusetts, with embezzling from a State agency that had received Federal funds.
The complaint alleges that on several occasions DeJong signed up for overtime shifts, although he either did not work those shifts or departed early. To conceal the fraud scheme, he allegedly created and submitted citations that were never issued and altered traffic citations issued during his regular shift to make it appear they were issued on overtime.
MSP routinely receives DOT grants to enforce traffic regulations on public roadways.
DOT-OIG is conducting this investigation jointly 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.