Boston: State Trooper From Braintree Sentenced In State Police Overtime Scandal

A State Trooper from Braintree has been among those sentenced as part of the Overtime Abuse Scandal.

U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling says that 40-year-old Kevin Sweeney admitted that between Sept. 1, 2016, and Dec. 31, 2016, he was paid over $5,900 for overtime shifts that he either did not work at all or from which he left early.

Lelling says Sweeney submitted fraudulent citations and falsely claimed in MSP paperwork and payroll entries that he had worked the entirety of his overtime shifts.

Sweeney was assigned to Troop E, which was responsible for enforcing criminal and traffic regulations along the Massachusetts Turnpike, I-90.

In 2016, Sweeney earned more than $218,000, which included more than $95,000 in overtime pay.

The overtime in question involved the Accident and Injury Reduction Effort program (AIRE) and the “X-Team” initiative, which were intended to reduce accidents, crashes, and injuries on I-90 through an increased presence Troopers targeting speeding vehicles.

Sweeney pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement from an agency receiving federal funds and one count of wire fraud.

He was sentenced to two months in prison, one year of supervised release (the first three months of which will be served in home detention), and was ordered to pay a fine of $4,000 and restitution in the amount of $11,103.

 

 

About Dan McCready

Dan McCready is a South Shore native who’s happy to be back working in his home region. After graduating from Catholic Memorial High School, GO KNIGHTS! Dan attended Suffolk University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Communications. After college Dan worked as a standup comic and actor appearing in several theatrical productions, independent films, and worked as a background extra in films and TV shows including Fever Pitch, Underdog, and Brotherhood while also working as a weekend overnight DJ on Easy 99.1. Eventually Dan began covering the Boston entertainment scene for Production Live Online and, after being bit by the journalism bug, decided to further his studies at Northeastern University, where he earned his master's degree. Since that time Dan has worked across many media platforms for organizations including the Patriot Ledger, Cape Cod Broadcasting, and 1420 WBSM in New Bedford. Dan is currently residing in Milton and enjoys hanging out with friends, candlepin bowling, playing video games, and making videos for his fledgling YouTube Channel.