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Ex-state police trooper gets probation in OT theft scandal

December 23, 2019 GMT

BOSTON (AP) — A former Massachusetts State Police lieutenant pleaded guilty on Monday to his role in an overtime theft scandal that has embroiled the department, prosecutors said.

John Giulino, 69, of Lanesborough, was sentenced to two years of probation after pleading guilty in Suffolk Superior Court to larceny, procurement fraud and public employee standards of conduct violation charges, the attorney general’s office said.

Giulino was paid more than $28,000 for nearly 280 hours of overtime he did not work in 2015 and 2016, prosecutors said.

In addition to the probation, he was ordered to pay restitution and perform 100 hours of community service. The attorney general’s office had requested up to two years in prison for Giulino.

At the time of the offenses, Giulino was a supervisor in the now disbanded Troop E, which oversaw traffic enforcement along the Massachusetts Turnpike.

In an attempt to conceal his misconduct, Giulino at times submitted falsified traffic citations to make it appear they had been issued during his overtime shifts, when in fact they were not issued during overtime shifts or never issued at all, prosecutors said.