The U.S. Attorney in Massachusetts is investigating allegations that top state police commanders covered up for as many as 21 troopers or officers suspected of improperly accepting extra pay, having “no show” jobs, or engaging in other wrongdoing, the Boston Globe reports.
The investigation began in January when John A. Burns, then the State Police major in charge of internal affairs, gave a lengthy recorded statement to two FBI agents. Burns told the agents that state police commanders routinely ignored the findings of internal affairs probes or ordered internal investigations closed prematurely. Burns told the FBI that commanders prevented him from fully investigating allegations that one sergeant rarely showed up for his evening shift in the certification unit at the same time he was privately practicing law.
Burns said commanders halted an investigation into an arrangement that gave a lieutenant $160 in extra pay per month, even though the officer was not entitled to it.