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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

麻州巡警濫報加班費醜聞 Eric Chin第一個被判刑

              (Boston Orange 周菊子整理報導)麻州美國檢察官辦公室325日宣佈,麻州巡警(state trooper)謊報超時工作訟案,第一個被判刑的是前警官陳艾瑞(譯音,Eric Chin)
             他被判獄外監管一年,其中三個月須拘留在家。
            麻州巡警濫報超時工作,增肥個人收入的醜聞,涉案警員多半屬於現已停止運作的E巡警部門(Trooper E)。目前共有8名警員被控,有關單位仍在持續調查中。
             現年46歲的陳艾瑞是第一個因此案被判罪的巡警。他原本是一名被指派E巡警部門,負責在麻州收費公路上執法的巡警。2016年時,他的年薪收入達302,400元,其中大約131,653元來自超時工作的加班費。
             美國檢察官辦公室表示,陳艾瑞沒超時工作,卻收了加班費,其中至少包括一次他完全沒上班的四小時加班。
             陳艾瑞呈交了虛假的罰單,來掩飾他並沒上班,卻收了加班費的那些時段。
             他承認沒工作但收了的加班費,約7,125元。
             目前在調查中的這訟案,有八名巡警被控告,並承認有罪。陳艾瑞是第一個被判刑的。
      這宗案件還透露E巡警部門採用罰單指標做法,而在麻州,這種指定開罰單數量的做法是不合法的。

MASSACHUSETTS STATE TROOPER SENTENCED FOR
OVERTIME ABUSE INVESTIGATION

BOSTON – A suspended Massachusetts State Police Trooper was sentenced today in federal court in Boston in connection with the ongoing investigation of overtime abuse at the Massachusetts State Police (MSP).

Eric Chin, 46, of Hanover, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Richard G. Stearns to one day in prison, deemed served, and one year of supervised release with three months to be served in home detention. Chin was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $7,125.  In December 2018, he pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement from an agency receiving federal funds.

            Chin was an MSP Trooper assigned to Troop E, which was responsible for enforcing criminal and traffic regulations along the Massachusetts Turnpike, Interstate I-90. In 2016, Chin earned $302,400, which included approximately $131,653 in overtime pay. 

            Chin was paid for overtime hours that he did not work and for at least one four-hour shift that he did not work at all. Chin concealed his fraud by submitting fraudulent citations designed to create the appearance that he had worked overtime hours that he had not, and, falsely claimed in MSP paperwork and payroll entries that he had worked the entirety of his overtime shifts.

            Chin admitted collecting $7,125 for overtime hours that he did not work. 

            The overtime in question involved the Accident and Injury Reduction Effort program (AIRE), which was intended to reduce accidents, crashes, and injuries on I-90 through an enhanced presence of MSP Troopers who were to target vehicles traveling at excessive speeds. 

            Chin is the first Trooper to be sentenced as a result of the ongoing investigation. Thus far, eight MSP troopers have been charged and have pleaded guilty. Seven are awaiting sentencing.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division; and Douglas Shoemaker, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Dustin Chao and Mark Grady of Lelling’s Public Corruption Unit are prosecuting the cases.

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