21 Massachusetts State Police troopers have been implicated in a massive overtime scandal.
The commander of the Massachusetts State Police, Col. Kerry Gilpin, said an internal audit revealed possible cases of troopers being paid overtime for shifts they did not work, reported NECN.
According to Gilpin, the missing overtime shifts ranged from 1 to 100 per trooper, but she did not put a total dollar amount on what was deceptively taken by officers sworn to uphold the law.
It is possible that more officers were involved, but the audit only looked at 2016 payroll figures and only included members of Troop E.
“Integrity, honesty and accountability are core values of the Massachusetts State Police,” Gilpin said. “For us to fulfill our mission as a police agency, we must have public trust.”
No names have been released, but 19 of the 21 troopers being investigated will have duty status hearings scheduled in the near future, according to NECN. 1 trooper is retired and 1 is already suspended for other misconduct.
Gilpin said some of the officers could be suspended without pay as the investigation continues.
The audit started after an internal affairs investigation decided it was necessary to review the payments to some of the Troop E troopers.
Attorney General Maura Healey, will review the results of the audit and decide whether to file criminal charges.
Lizzy Guyton, communications director for Gov. Charlie Baker, said in a statement that the governor “commends Colonel Gilpin for conducting a thorough investigation.”
Baker “expects those who violated the public’s trust to face serious penalties. The Baker-Polito Administration looks forward to the Attorney General’s review of the findings,” Guyton said.