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(I'm not sure what happened to the previous MA SP thread I had going...)


State police head Col. Kerry Gilpin steps down, announces retirement


State Police Col. Kerry A. Gilpin is stepping down as the leader of an agency rocked by multiple scandals, authorities said Wednesday.

David Procopio, a State Police spokesman, confirmed Gilpin’s departure in a statement.

“Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, today announced her retirement to members of the Department effective November 15,” Procopio wrote. “... Colonel Gilpin, 49, was named Superintendent/Colonel in November 2017 and has overseen the implementation of a wide slate of reforms and initiatives within the Department.”

Procopio also included a statement from Thomas Turco, head of the state Secretary of Public Safety and Security.
 

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Man, it's been a rough year for MASP. It's kind of crazy how we are watching the whole agency crumble in front of us.

On the plus side though, I rarely see traffic enforcement from them these days. I can go weeks at a time without seeing any real enforcement. I think other motorists are also noticing the lack of presence. 128 has become even more of a lawless place than usual.
 

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Yeah, I hear ya about lack of MA SP during my daily travels...

I have to wonder if this "retirement" is an indicator that something else is about to go down.
 

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I'm guessing she's lost the respect of many Troopers b/c she had honor & integrity to seek out & get rid of all those scumbags who abused their authority to steal from the Public coffers. Every damn one of those crooks should have given restitution & got jail time.
 

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It seems all or nothing with MASP. The other night I ran into 3 running active radar on the Cape on RT 6.
 

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(LOL) In the latest court filing:

Several State Police supervisors regularly ordered rank-and-file troopers in a scandal-ridden unit to skip overtime shifts that they were paid for, a former trooper says in a newly unsealed court filing.

The filing, submitted by the attorneys for one of the dozens of troopers implicated in the scandal, for the first time alleges that troopers were directed by their bosses when they racked up thousands of dollars in overtime for work that they did not perform.

Commanding officers, in some cases, told troopers to “run silent, run deep” and “take a slow ride home,” according to the filing.

The widespread fraud scandal has resulted in convictions of seven troopers and drawn scrutiny over dozens more. Three higher-ranking officers have also been indicted. However, several other supervisors of the implicated troopers have avoided charges so far.

The information was made public Friday after the Boston Globe asked a federal judge to remove redactions that had been made to a court filing in the criminal case of former trooper Daren DeJong.

Submitted in the spring by DeJong’s attorney, the filing disclosed how DeJong had spoken with investigators at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office, telling them about how he, fellow troopers, and shift commanders for years coordinated to skip shifts and cover it up.

That section of the filing was initially sealed entirely, and until Friday, portions remained shielded from public view, concealing descriptions of how commanding officers holding the rank of lieutenant not only participated in the scheme, but directed troopers to skip some or all of their overtime shifts.

“The information DeJong provided should now help enable the Commonwealth [to] more fully connect the dots and root out those who may have had a greater understanding of the scope of corruption than the lower-level troopers who benefitted from following their orders,” said one previously-redacted line in the filing by DeJong’s lawyer, R. Bradford Bailey.
Bailey declined to comment.

Judge Mark Wolf previously said the redactions were of references to “at least four people” who have not been criminally charged. The filing did not name the individuals but merely said their rank.

State Police spokesman David Procopio declined to comment. “The department does not comment on ongoing legal proceedings,” he said in an e-mail.

In explaining his decision to lift the redactions, Wolf said he “expects that it will be necessary” to discuss the previously-redacted material the next time DeJong’s case returns to court. No date has been set.

At a hearing in May, Wolf, fueled by the details of that filing, said the overtime scandal appeared to amount to “a conspiracy” and he grilled federal prosecutors about why they haven’t pursued the type of charges often used against mobsters who engage in elaborate criminal schemes.

Including DeJong, 46 current and former sworn members of the State Police have been accused by the department of collecting overtime for hours they didn’t work, prompting the agency to disband an entire troop.

Seven troopers have pleaded guilty to federal criminal charges, and three lieutenants continue to fight charges they face at the state level. One of the three lieutenants has pleaded guilty to federal charges.

Federal and state investigations have revealed troopers were writing bogus traffic citations to meet unconstitutional ticket quotas, falsified other paperwork, and destroyed documents. Meanwhile, department officials have destroyed and lost track of records that could have exposed further wrongdoing in the scandal.

Another former trooper, Heath P. McAuliffe who was charged and sentenced to a year of supervised release, wrote in a court filing in May that he “felt it was unfair” that almost every member of his troop used the same scheme with the knowledge of their superior officers, but “only a handful of us were singled out for federal prosecution.”

State and federal prosecutors declined to comment for this story, citing how they are continuing their separate investigations.
Over the summer, a Suffolk County grand jury began receiving materials and testimony about an investigation into overtime fraud by another member of the department, according to a recent court filing by the Attorney General’s office. That case has not yet resulted in any charges.

And in late June the federal authorities awarded a $17,500 contract to an outside vendor to scan and make electronic copies of about 25,000 State Police traffic tickets, which have served as key pieces of evidence in the overtime fraud investigations,
State Police has faced an unrelenting series of scandals over the past two years, prompting promises from Governor Charlie Baker and others to reform the agency. Last week, the head of the agency, Colonel Kerry Gilpin announced plans to step down this month after two years leading the State Police.
 

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Here is this week's installment in this recurring theme:

State Police seek termination, restitution from 22 Troop E members in overtime scandal
BOSTON —

Massachusetts State Police is seeking termination and restitution for 22 personnel in connection with the overtime scandal surrounding the former Troop E.

Based on internal audits launched in 2017 after a 5 Investigates probe, State Police referred 46 current and former personnel to the U.S. Attorney’s Office and Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. Criminal charges were sought against 10 of those individuals.

Internal Affairs charges were sustained against all of the remaining 36, Col. Christopher Mason said. Of that number, 14 have retired and charges against them have been sustained.

Officials notified the 22 personnel still employed by State Police that they would recommend their termination and seek full restitution.

“I anticipate that a number of these officers will be terminated as a result of this process. In addition to the specific punishment imposed, we will ensure that restitution is ordered. In every case, we will require that the trooper reimburse the taxpayers -- dollar for dollar -- any money paid for hours not worked, in addition to a substantive punitive penalty,” Mason said.
 

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Oh this just keeps getting better and better.
 

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Loophole allows shady staties to grab pensions

PUBLISHED: March 7, 2020 at 4:28 p.m. | UPDATED: March 9, 2020 at 10:44 a.m.
By HOWIE CARR | [email protected] | Boston Herald

It used to be, stealing high-powered firearms from state armories was a big deal around here.

Remember “The Friends of Eddie Coyle,” a great Boston novel made into an even better movie? It was about criminals who, among other things, stole rifles out of a public armory. Those guys learned the hard way that crime doesn’t pay — Eddie Coyle gets shot in the head and the guy selling him the stolen M-16s goes to prison.

But that was fiction from 1972, and the truth in 2020 is that in Massachusetts, you can steal however many guns you want from a public armory, and it’s no problem whatsoever, at least if you’re a Massachusetts state trooper.

Nowadays, a statie just has to admit to “sufficient facts,” after which he takes early retirement at age 50 and laughs all the way to the bank.

Just ask Lt. Paul Wosny of Norfolk, now grabbing $8,556 a month since September 2016. That’s $102,677 a year.

Then there’s Trooper Paul Wilmot of Sturbridge, pocketing $5,090 a month since November 2016. That’s $61,076 a year.

So much for all those ballyhooed “crackdowns” on the culture of corruption that is the Massachusetts State Police.

Today’s scandal involves the state police armorer’s unit in New Braintree. Troopers being troopers, a bunch of them started robbing the place blind.

After all, the motto of the MSP is, “To Protect and Steal.”

Among the scams uncovered by a state investigation: the crooked troopers accepted “personalized” guns worth up to $3,000 from a dealer soliciting MSP business. To cover up the payoffs, the transfer records on the guns were falsified, indicating they went to a business owned by yet another state trooper, who was not charged in the racket and has since also “retired.” That trooper is now collecting $6,761 a month, or $81,130 a year.

Wosny and Wilmot just pleaded “sufficient facts” to the traditional reduced charges, namely, “violating the standards of conduct for a public employee.” The dispositions were made, not in Superior Court, but in East Brookfield District Court. Out of sight, out of mind.

The cases were of course “continued without a finding.” A CWOF means that, despite the overwhelming evidence of their corruption, two years from now the staties’ crimes will be wiped off the slate, and their monthly kisses in the mail can continue, tax-free, forever.

It’s not like they got off scot-free, of course. Wosny had to pay $7,500 in court costs. Wilmot not only had to pay $7,500, he also had to return the guns he stole from the commonwealth.

Given the recent harrumphing by the new MSP colonel about integrity, I asked for a comment about why these thieves with badges haven’t yet been stripped of their huge pensions.

This was the response from Dave Procopio, also known as the Baghdad Bob of the state police:

“The MSP’s culture must be one of responsibility. It is, however, the state retirement board that makes pension decisions.”

OK, then, let’s check in with the retirement board re: admitted thieves Wosny and Wilmot:

“Where they were not convicted (a CWOF is not a conviction), at this time the MSRB would have no basis to pursue forfeiture under Section 15(4) of the statute.”

In other words, as long as he can plea-bargain down his rampant criminal behavior down to a CWOF, a state trooper can steal a hot stove without gloves, and then come back for the smoke, yet never sweat losing his pension, let alone do even an hour in jail.

Which is exactly why the MSP scandals just keep on comin’.

It’s Massachusetts. In the halls of justice, the only justice is in the halls.

These two crooked cops also turned over 200 “unserviceable” guns to a different MSP vendor, after indicating to that dealer which ones they wanted for themselves. Wilmot got nine, Wosny two. Still another crooked statie at the armory, Robert Outwater, grabbed 10 free firearms out of that particular grift.

Outwater, who snitched on his fellow sticky-fingered brothers in blue, remains the only statie who’s been punished at all for his role in this organized theft ring. As of Friday, Outwater remains suspended without pay.

In state police lingo, it’s called waiting till the heat dies down — the same MO as if you’re busted for drunkenly exposing yourself at a country music concert in Foxboro, or beating up your girlfriend, or brawling with cabana security guards in Vegas.

They always claim they’ve got a disease. Yeah, they do. The clinical term for the disease infecting the MSP is kleptomania.

By the way, did you notice the new report last week by the state inspector general about another of the MSP crime families — F Troop at Logan Airport. After reviewing records of paid details at Logan, the IG said that the “vast majority” of F Troop’s earners have been “improperly” collecting pay.

Gov. Charlie Baker could not be reached for comment. Tall Deval is on a ski vacation in Utah.
 

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I was just thinking about how it had been a while since you posted another piece on MASP stealing from the taxpayers. Right on cue :p

I hate how little stuff like this surprises me anymore. To say MASP is a corrupt agency would be a compliment compared to how bad they really are. And the article is spot on about how nobody will face any discipline.

PS: If you haven't yet, search MASP on Wikipedia and read the ever-growing "Controversies" section.
 

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LOL. There are more tales, I'm afraid...
 

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This whole F-ing State is peppered w/ corruption throughout all levels of gov't, the hacks on Bacon Hill...oops-er,ah...I mean the Legislator's on Beacon Hill do it LARGE & w/o conscience. It's what happens when one Party has 80 % majority control.
 

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