- Office of the Inspector General
Media Contact for Six Former State Troopers Agree in Settlements to Repay over $94,000 for Unworked Overtime
The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) and Office of the Attorney General (AGO) have reached settlements with six former Massachusetts State Police (MSP) troopers to repay the Commonwealth a total of $94,273.53 for overtime they allegedly did not work. The troopers were members of the MSP’s now-disbanded Troop E, which patrolled the Massachusetts Turnpike.
The settlements demonstrate the Offices’ commitment to safeguarding public funds and recovering pay received for unworked time. With these filings, the Offices will have recovered over $200,000 this year from former MSP troopers for unworked overtime. In April, the Offices settled claims against two other former troopers who repaid a total of $110,000 to the state.
In separate consent judgments filed today in Suffolk Superior Court, the Commonwealth alleged that the following troopers submitted time cards between 2015 and 2017 for overtime they did not work:
- Kevin M. Maple, 590 hours across 263 shifts;
- Sean M. Hoye, 434.5 hours across 164 shifts;
- Raymond L. Thompson, 128 hours across 74 shifts;
- James M. Canty, 44 hours across 13 shifts;
- Christopher M. Kudlay, 37 hours across 16 shifts; and
- John F. O’Grady, 30 hours across 24 shifts.
These cases were handled by William Durkin, Director and Senior Counsel of Inspector General Cunha’s Civil Recovery Unit, and Meghan MacKenzie, Lead Counsel for the Civil Recovery Unit, with support from Division Chief Amy Crafts of Attorney General Maura Healey’s False Claims Division.
Created in 2019, the Civil Recovery Unit pursues civil actions to recover public funds lost due to fraud, false claims and other wrongful conduct. It works closely with the AGO, the OIG’s other investigative units as well as other state agencies and local governments. The OIG operates a hotline for reporting fraud involving public funds or property at 800-322-1323 or IGO-FightFraud@mass.gov.
In 2015 AG Healey created the False Claims Division to safeguard public funds by enforcing high standards of integrity against companies and individuals that make false statements to obtain government contracts or funds. Anyone with information about suspected fraud or abuse relating to state or municipal contracts or funds is urged to contact the False Claims Division’s tip line at 617-963-2600.