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Former Massachusetts State Police Troopers Convicted of Conspiring To Steal Overtime Funds and Wire Fraud

On December 12, 2023, a federal jury convicted former Massachusetts State Police (MSP) Lieutenant Daniel J. Griffin and former MSP Sergeant William W. Robertson of conspiracy, Federal programs fraud, and wire fraud in connection with an overtime scheme dating back to 2015. Prior to trial, on November 27, 2023, Griffin pleaded guilty to 4 additional counts of wire fraud and 11 counts of filing false tax returns.
 
Griffin, of Belmont, Massachusetts, and Robertson, of Westborough, Massachusetts, were each convicted of one count of conspiracy, one count of theft concerning a Federal program, and four counts of wire fraud.
 
From 2015 through 2018, Griffin, Robertson, and other troopers in the Traffic Programs Section at State Police Headquarters in Framingham, Massachusetts, conspired to steal thousands of dollars in federally funded overtime by regularly arriving late to and leaving early from overtime shifts funded by grants intended to improve traffic safety. During the course of the conspiracy, Griffin made and approved false entries on forms and other documentation to conceal and perpetuate the fraud. When the MSP overtime misconduct came to light in 2017 and 2018, Griffin, Robertson, and their co-conspirators shredded and burned records and forms to avoid detection.
 
Additionally, Griffin spent significant time running a security business, Knight Protection Services, while collecting regular MSP and overtime pay. From 2012 to 2019, Griffin collected almost $2 million in KnightPro revenue. Of that total, Griffin hid over $700,000 in revenue from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and used hundreds of thousands of dollars in KnightPro income to fund personal expenses, such as golf clubs, car payments, private school tuition, and expenses related to a second home on Cape Cod.
 
Prior to the jury conviction, Griffin pleaded guilty on November 27, 2023, to defrauding a private school attended by two of Griffin’s children. From at least 2016 to 2019, Griffin concealed his KnightPro income and filed materially misleading financial aid applications, which understated Griffin’s income and assets by hundreds of thousands of dollars. Despite Griffin's lucrative MSP salary and KnightPro business, Griffin obtained over $175,000 in financial aid from the private school over the course of several years.
 
DOT-OIG is conducting this investigation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the IRS Criminal Investigation.