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    3 Troopers Charged With Stealing Government Funds

    Three troopers with the Massachusetts State Police have been arrested on theft charges in an overtime scandal.

    (Published Wednesday, June 27, 2018)

    A former Massachusetts State Police trooper was indicted Thursday as part of the department's ongoing overtime abuse scandal.

    A grand jury indicted 56-year-old Daren DeJong on an embezzlement charge in federal court in Boston, according to the office of U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling. DeJong was previously arrested on July 25.

    DeJong, a member of the now-defunct Troop E, retired after allegations came to light that he and other troopers received overtime pay for hours they did not work.

    The overtime hours in question were part of a department initiative to increase state police presence on Interstate 90.

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    According to court documents, DeJong allegedly received overtime pay for hours he either did not work at all, or shifts in which he departed one to seven hours early.

    DeJong earned about $200,416 in 2016, approximately $68,000 of which was from overtime. About $14,000 of that money was for hours he did not work or did not show up for.

    Troop E, which was responsible for patrolling the Mass. Pike and tunnels, was disbanded in April after 21 troopers were implicated in the overtime abuse scandal.

    The case remains under investigation.

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