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First Massachusetts State Trooper Sentenced in Overtime Abuse Scandal

Eric Chin, 46, of Hanover, was sentenced to one day in prison, deemed served, and one year of supervised release with three months to be served in home detention

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    Trooper Sentenced in OT Abuse Scandal

    A suspended state police trooper was sentenced Monday in federal court in Boston with the ongoing investigation of overtime abuse at the Massachusetts State Police Department.

    (Published Monday, March 25, 2019)

    A suspended state police trooper was sentenced Monday in federal court in Boston with the ongoing investigation of overtime abuse at the Massachusetts State Police Department.

    Eric Chin, 46, of Hanover, was sentenced to one day in prison, deemed served, and one year of supervised release with three months to be served in home detention. Chin was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $7,125.

    Chin pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement from an agency receiving federal funds in December 2018.

    Authorities said Chin was a member of the now disbanded Troop E which enforced criminal and traffic regulations along the Massachusetts Turnpike. In 2016, Chin earned $302,400, which included approximately $131,653 in overtime pay.

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    Chin is the first trooper to be sentenced as a result of the ongoing investigation. Seven others who have been charged and who have pleaded guilty are awaiting sentencing.

    Those other troopers are: David Wilson, 58, of Charlton; Daren DeJong, 57, of Uxbridge; Gregory Raftery, 47, of Westwood; Heath McAuliffe, 40, of Hopkinton; Kevin Sweeney, 40, of Braintree; Gary Herman, 45, of Chester; Paul Cesan, 50, of Southwick.

    As a result of the overtime pay scandal which had been exposed by an internal audit, GPS locators have been activated for more than 1,000 state police cruisers as part of the ongoing reforms launched by Gov. Charlie Baker.

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