On September 6, 2018, Daren DeJong, a retired Massachusetts State Police (MSP) trooper was indicted on one count of embezzlement from an agency receiving Federal funds. The indictment was connected to an ongoing investigation into overtime abuse at MSP. Previously charged by a criminal complaint, DeJong was arrested on July 25, 2018.
DeJong was assigned to Troop E, which is responsible for enforcing criminal law and traffic regulations along the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90). Troopers are allowed overtime pay for selective enforcement initiatives, including the Accident and Injury Reduction Effort program (AIRE) and “X Team.” Both initiatives are intended to reduce accidents, crashes, and injuries on I-90 by increasing the number of MSP troopers, who target vehicles traveling at excessive speeds.
The indictment alleges DeJong received overtime pay for shifts that he either did not work or departed 1 to 7 hours early. He was required to work the entire duration of his 4- or 8-hour shifts and accurately report the date, time and sector for any citations issued. DeJong concealed the fraud by submitting altered citations that were issued before his overtime shift or never issued at all.
MSP routinely receives grants from DOT.
DOT-OIG is conducting this investigation jointly with the FBI.
Note: Indictments, informations and criminal complaints, are only accusations by the Government. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.