A former Massachusetts State Police officer who confessed to embezzlement in the “Troopergate” overtime scandal was sentenced to two months in federal prison followed by three months of home detention, the Boston Herald reports. U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton ordered Kevin Sweeney, 40, of Braintree, to pay a $4,000 fine and $11,103 in restitution. Sweeney — who earned $218,512 in 2016 — is one of eight troopers to plead guilty in the scandal, so far. He has cooperated in the case, officials said.
Letters of support from family members said Sweeney had climbed the ladder from being a prison guard to a trooper and was one of the first officers on the scene at the deadly collapse of ceiling panels in the Ted Williams Tunnel in 2006. “He received an award for a particularly selfless act of intentionally placing himself directly in harm’s way to save others under circumstances which could easily have proven fatal to him,” said his brother-in-law, Edward Krippendorf Jr. The former trooper was paid more than $5,900 in overtime he didn’t work. Some of his bogus OT shifts were for special initiatives to cut down on speeding and crashes on the Mass Pike.