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Massachusetts State Police bagged in overtime scandal pay taxpayers back

Boston Herald 1/29/2022 Joe Dwinell
BOSTON, MA - December 29: A sign at the State Police Tunnels barracks on December 29, 2021 in BOSTON, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/Boston Herald) © Provided by Boston Herald BOSTON, MA - December 29: A sign at the State Police Tunnels barracks on December 29, 2021 in BOSTON, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/Boston Herald)

Taxpayers are getting a refund from troopers nabbed in the overtime scandal that cost some their jobs and resulted in a barracks being mothballed.

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A Herald analysis of last year’s payroll from the Massachusetts State Police shows a negative OT balance in a few cases. The State Police said half of them are for bookkeeping adjustments, but two are for paybacks from the scandal.

Trooper Christopher Brown, who earned $86,456 in 2021, had to pay back $9,091 in overtime not earned and has “a negative OT deduction of $250 biweekly,” the state police said. He still owes more this year and “was suspended without pay for 210 days for his actions related to the Troop E overtime fraud.”

Brown made $114,600 the year before, Herald payroll records show.

Trooper Gerald Johnson, also part of the E Troop Overtime Repayment, was paid $4,680 in overtime he did not earn and “had a negative OT deduction of $200 biweekly,” state police said this week.

“He has completed his repayment of $4,680 … and was suspended without pay for 90 days for his actions related to the Troop E overtime fraud,” state police added. He earned $97,340 in 2021, payroll records show. He earned $84,000-plus the year before, records show.

State Police brass announced last year they would move to fire 22 officers — and suspend 15 — who punched in for overtime they failed to work. All were assigned to Troop E on the Mass Pike that has since been disbanded.

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