Another trooper indicted in overtime fraud probe

A former lieutenant in the Massachusetts State Police was indicted Wednesday for collecting more than $12,000 in overtime pay for shifts he did not work as part of the ongoing investigation into overtime abuses at the law enforcement agency.

Former Lt. David Wilson, 57, of Charlton, was indicted in federal court on one charge of embezzlement from an agency receiving federal funds. He had previously been arrested and charged by a criminal complaint on June 27.

Wilson was a member of the State Police's Troop E enforcing traffic laws along the Massachusetts Turnpike, and served as the officer-in-charge of several overtime shifts, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

Troopers also patrol state property in Hull, such as the Nantasket Reservation and Fort Revere. 

In 2016, Wilson earned approximately $230,000 and worked 170 overtime shifts for the Accident and Injury Reduction Effort program, which targeted vehicles speeding on the turnpike, according to the indictment.

Prosecutors allege that Wilson took home $12,450 for overtime shifts he either didn't work, or left early, concealing the fraud by submitting citations that were either never issued or were issued during hours outside the overtime shifts.

No date for Wilson's arraignment has been scheduled. Six troopers thus far have been charged by the U.S. Attorney in connection with the overtime abuse scandal. Trooper Gregory Raftery, 47, of Westwood, has already pleaded guilty, and suspended Trooper Kevin Sweeney, 40, of Braintree, has agreed to plead guilty, U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling's office said.



Hull Police arrest another person for vandalizing historic fort

The Hull Police Department arrested a Cohasset woman Friday for allegedly vandalizing Fort Revere. That arrest came less than 24 hours after police arrested a trio of East Bridgewater residents on the same charge.

Margaret St. Sauveur, 20, of Cohasset was arrested and charged with tagging property.

At 2:49 p.m. Friday, Hull Police responded to Fort Revere to investigate a report of graffiti in progress. Police were told that the suspect got into a black Ford Escape. An officer located the vehicle nearby and made a traffic stop.

The driver, identified as St. Sauveur, allegedly had blue paint on her hands. The officer saw paint and paintbrushes on the floor of the car in plain view. Police also found a can of blue paint at the site of the tagging, Hull Police Chief John Dunn said today.
St. Sauveur was arrested and released on personal recognizance pending arraignment at Hingham District Court.

At about 8 p.m. the night before, Jacob Looney, Emma Pimental, and Emily Rose, all 18 and all of West Bridgewater, were arrested and charged with malicious destruction of property after Hull police were called to Fort Revere for a tagging report.

The Hull Redevelopment Authority and the state Department of Conservation & Recreation paid for anti-graffiti paint that a corps of volunteers applied to the historic fort in June.

Since then, Hull Police have stepped up patrols in the area. The state police have also made multiple arrests for vandalism and trespassing over the last couple of weeks.

Chief Dunn said law enforcement will continue to closely monitor Fort Revere and will not hesitate to charge those who are found to be breaking the law.

"Fort Revere is a historic site and is hallowed ground, as it serves as a burial ground for French soldiers who died assisting our young nation in the American Revolution. We will not tolerate the desecration of this site," Dunn said. "If you tag or vandalize at Fort Revere, we will arrest you."

[This story has been updated to correct the hometown listed for the trio arrested on Aug. 24. The police statement listed it as East Bridgewater. The police log has the three as residents of West Bridgewater.] 


Hull Police investigating after body found at Pemberton

HULL – Acting Chief Robert C. Sawtelle reports that the Hull Police Department is investigating, after a body was found on the beach this morning.

Around 9:25 a.m., police received a report that a person was lying on the rocks, near the shore along Channel Street, in the Pemberton Point area.

Police and fire responded to the scene and located a deceased man, along with an overturned kayak. The person’s name is not being released pending identification and notification of next of kin.

The incident remains under investigation by the Hull Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police assigned to the District Attorney’s Office.