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Published On: Thu, Jun 27th, 2019

Retired Massachusetts State Trooper, Paul Cesan Sentenced in Overtime Abuse Investigation

A retired Massachusetts State Police Trooper was sentenced today in connection with collecting over $29,000 in overtime pay that he did not work.

Paul Cesan, 51, of Southwick, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Douglas P. Woodlock to one day in prison (deemed served), one year of supervised release, a fine of $5,500 and restitution in the amount of $29,287. In November 2018, Cesan pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement from an agency receiving federal funds.

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Cesan was a Massachusetts State Police (MSP) Trooper assigned to Troop E, which was responsible for enforcing criminal and traffic regulations along the Massachusetts Turnpike, Interstate I-90. In 2016, Cesan earned $163,533, which included approximately $50,866 in overtime pay. Cesan was paid for overtime shifts that he did not work at all or from which he left early. Cesan concealed his fraud by submitting fraudulent citations designed to create the appearance that he had worked overtime hours that he did not actually work.  He falsely claimed in MSP paperwork and payroll entries that he had worked the entirety of his overtime shifts. Cesan admitted collecting $29,287 for overtime hours that he did not work in 2016.

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 enhanced presence of MSP Troopers who were to target vehicles traveling at excessive speeds.

In 2016, MSP received annual benefits from the U.S. Department of Transportation in excess of $10,000, which were funded pursuant to numerous federal grants.

Cesan is the seventh trooper to be sentenced. Last week, former trooper Gary Herman was sentenced to one day in prison (deemed served), one year of supervised release with the first three months to be served in home confinement and restitution of $12,468; in June 2019, retired Lieutenant David Wilson was sentenced to one day in prison (deemed served), two years of supervised release with the first six months to be served in home detention, and restitution of $12,450; suspended Trooper Heath McAuliffe was sentenced to one day in prison (deemed served), one year of supervised release with the first six months to be served in home detention, a fine of $4,000, and restitution of $7,860; in May 2019, suspended Trooper Kevin Sweeney was sentenced to two months in prison, one year of supervised release with the first three months to be served in home detention, a fine of $4,000, and restitution of $11,103; in March 2019, former Trooper Gregory Raftery was sentenced to 90 days in prison, one year of supervised release, and restitution of $51,377; suspended Trooper Eric Chin was sentenced to one day in prison (deemed served), one year of supervised release with three months to be served in home detention, and restitution of $7,125; and retired Trooper Daren DeJong has pleaded guilty and is 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 prosecuted the case.

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