- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 20, 2018

BOSTON (AP) - The Latest on an audit that found alleged overtime abuse by Massachusetts State Police troopers (all times local):

3:10 p.m.

The union representing Massachusetts State Police troopers says it will work with the command structure after an audit found possible cases of troopers getting paid for overtime shifts they did not work.

Col. Kerry Gilpin said Tuesday the audit “revealed apparent discrepancies between overtime earnings paid to members and actual patrols worked.”

Twenty-one current and former troopers were implicated.



The troopers’ union says while it does not condone the alleged overtime abuse, it will give its members the best legal representation possible.

Dana Pullman is president of the State Police Association of Massachusetts. He says the union hopes that by working with the Massachusetts State Police it “will ensure that everyone involved is held accountable.”

He described “a department in turmoil,” and says Gilpin has “been given the unenviable task of dealing with a myriad of untenable issues.”

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12:20 p.m.

The commander of the Massachusetts State Police says an internal audit has found possible cases of troopers being paid overtime for shifts they did not work.

Col. Kerry Gilpin said Tuesday the audit “revealed apparent discrepancies between overtime earnings paid to members and actual patrols worked.”

She said 19 active troopers, one retiree, and one trooper already suspended for an unrelated issue, face hearings at which they face a maximum punishment of suspension without pay.

The troopers involved were assigned to Troop E, which patrols the Massachusetts Turnpike. No names were released.

Gilpin says the audit has been forwarded to the state attorney generals’ office, which will determine if crimes were committed.

Gilpin, appointed commander in November, called the allegations “very disheartening.”

She says department overtime policies are being reviewed.

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