Former Hull Police Sergeant Indicted in Connection with Stealing From Police Union and Relief Association
BROCKTON – A former sergeant of the Hull Police Department has been indicted in connection with stealing from the police union and the police relief association, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today.
Gregory M. Shea, age 53, of Scituate, was indicted today by a Plymouth County Grand Jury on the charges of Larceny Over $250 (3 counts). He will be arraigned in Plymouth Superior Court at a later date.
“We allege that this former police sergeant abused his position and stole money intended to assist police officers and their families,” said AG Healey. “Our office will continue to fight corruption in public agencies and pursue cases that have a detrimental effect on public confidence in our government.”
The AG’s Office began an investigation in March 2014. Shea is a former sergeant of the Hull Police Department (HPD). From 2004 until February 2014, Shea served as the treasurer of the Hull Police Union and the Hull Police Relief Association. The association is made up of employees and retirees of HPD and was established primarily in order to pay death benefits and later expanded to include retirement stipends to its members.
As Treasurer, Shea was responsible for managing the financials of the union and the association and had access to and was an authorized signatory for bank accounts held by each entity. Those bank accounts were primarily funded by charitable donations made by local individuals and businesses, and fundraising events held in the Hull community.
Authorities allege that between April 2008 and February 2014, Shea wrote more than $20,000 in checks made payable to himself from accounts held by the union and the association. Further, he allegedly used those accounts to make more than $13,000 in electronic payments toward his home mortgage, and pay off more than $80,000 of charges on his personal credit cards. Authorities allege that, with the exception of a small amount to which he was entitled, Shea misappropriated the majority of those funds.
These charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Gina Masotta of AG Healey’s Public Integrity Division. The investigation was handled by Investigator Sallyann Nelligan, Director of AG Healey’s Financial Investigations Division, and State Police assigned to the AG’s Office.