December 10, 2020
Former Massachusetts State Police Troopers Indicted for Conspiracy To Embezzle Overtime Funds and Wire Fraud
On December 10, 2020, a grand jury in the District of Massachusetts indicted former Massachusetts State Police (MSP) Lieutenant Daniel J. Griffin and former MSP Sergeant William W. Robertson on charges of conspiracy, Federal programs embezzlement, and wire fraud. Griffin was also charged with filing false tax returns and wire fraud related to his scheme to defraud a private school.
According to the indictment, between 2015 and 2018, Griffin, Robertson and other troopers assigned to the Traffic Programs Section (TPS) based in Framingham, Massachusetts, conspired to embezzle thousands of dollars in overtime funded through National Highway Traffic Safety Administration grants. On a regular basis, troopers assigned to TPS arrived late for overtime shifts and then left early. Griffin made and approved false submissions of overtime hours. Griffin, Robertson, and their co-conspirators allegedly shredded and burned MSP records and overtime forms to avoid detection.
DOT-OIG is conducting this investigation jointly with the FBI and the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation.
Note: Indictments, informations, and criminal complaints are only accusations by the Government. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.