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Retired State Police lieutenant pleads guilty to collecting bogus overtime

Retired State Police trooper David W. Wilson departed the Moakley Federal Courthouse in Boston on June 27, 2018.
Retired State Police trooper David W. Wilson departed the Moakley Federal Courthouse in Boston on June 27, 2018.Barry Chin/Globe Staff/Globe Staff/File 2018

A retired State Police lieutenant Tuesday became the latest defendant to plead guilty to collecting bogus overtime in connection with the pay scandal at the law enforcement agency, federal prosecutors said.

David Wilson, 58, of Charlton pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement from an agency receiving federal funds, according to the US Attorney’s Office for Massachusetts. He is scheduled to be sentenced on May 2.

Wilson, according to authorities, received overtime pay for shifts from which he left early or did not work at all.

Specifically, in 2016, Wilson made about $259,000, of which more than $102,000 was overtime pay.

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Wilson’s misconduct involves overtime pay for a program aimed at reducing crashes on the Massachusetts Turnpike through an increased presence of troopers who targeted speeders. All told, federal officials said Wilson was paid about $12,450 in overtime he did not work through that program.

In 2016, State Police received more than $10,000 worth of federal grants from the US Department of Transportation, hence the embezzlement charge.

According to the US Attorney’s Office, the theft of government funds provides for a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine.

Wilson’s plea came a day after another retired trooper, Daren DeJong, 57, of Uxbridge, pleaded guilty in federal court to an embezzlement count in connection with the ongoing overtime scandal.

In addition to the federal case, Wilson was also indicted last month in a state probe into State Police overtime abuse.


Previous Globe coverage was used in this report. Danny McDonald can be reached at daniel.mcdonald@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @Danny__McDonald.