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Prosecutors: 8th trooper charged in overtime abuse scandal

December 12, 2018

BOSTON (AP) — Prosecutors say an eighth Massachusetts State Police trooper has been arrested in connection with an ongoing investigation into an overtime abuse scandal.

U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling says 40-year-old Heath McAuliffe, of Hopkinton, Massachusetts, was charged Wednesday with embezzlement from an agency receiving federal funds.

It wasn’t immediately clear if McAuliffe is represented by an attorney who could comment on his behalf. He was expected to appear in federal court in Boston on Wednesday.

McAuliffe is the latest trooper to be charged with receiving overtime pay for shifts he didn’t work or from which he left early.

Court documents filed Wednesday show two retired troopers, 58-year-old David Wilson and 57-year-old Daren DeJong, have agreed to plead guilty.

A suspended trooper, 46-year-old Eric Chin, also pleaded guilty Wednesday.

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