Ex-Boston cop admits to getting $9K in overtime fraud scheme

June 25, 2021 GMT

BOSTON (AP) — A former Boston Police sergeant admitted on Friday to collecting more than $9,000 in fraudulent overtime pay as part of a wide-ranging scheme at the department’s evidence warehouse.

William Baxter, of the city’s Hyde Park neighborhood, pleaded guilty before a federal judge to conspiracy to commit theft concerning programs receiving federal funds and embezzlement from an agency receiving federal funds. His attorney declined to comment.

Baxter, 62, is the seventh current or former officer to plead guilty to participating in the overtime fraud scheme at the evidence warehouse. More than a dozen have been charged.

Authorities say the officers routinely left shifts at the warehouse early and then submitted bogus overtime slips for hours they didn’t work. Prosecutors say Baxter also approved fraudulent overtime slips for his subordinates.

He’s scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 21.