Records: Ex-trooper went on cruise, claimed to be at work
WESTPORT, Mass. (AP) — A recently retired Massachusetts police lieutenant claimed to be at work when he was actually on a cruise in Bermuda, court documents show.
David Andrade, 47, of Westport, pleaded not guilty to charges including larceny over $1,200 and a public employee standards of conduct violation in Bristol County Superior Court, the Boston Herald reported Tuesday.
The former state police lieutenant is accused of stealing nearly $12,000 in holiday pay for time off he wasn’t entitled to, which included a trip to Bermuda, according to court documents.
“Investigation revealed that the Defendant was actually in the middle of a cruise to Bermuda and could not have been at work,” prosecutors say in court documents.
The documents detail that Andrade, who has been a lieutenant since 2016, committed the alleged scheme between August 2018 and August 2019, while he was the station commander at the Dartmouth Barracks.
A spokesperson for the Massachusetts State Police said the agency has no comment on the pending case.
An attorney for Andrade did not return a request for comment Monday.