June 19, 2024

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From 2015 via 2018, troopers stole hundreds of {dollars} by arriving late and leaving early from shifts of federally funded additional time, authorities mentioned.

Massachusetts State Police headquarters in Framingham on Feb. 3, 2021. JOHN TLUMACKI/GLOBE STAFF

Two former Massachusetts State Police troopers have been convicted in Worcester on Tuesday of conspiracy, federal applications fraud, and wire fraud for an additional time scheme, the U.S. Legal professional for Massachusetts mentioned. 

Former Lieutenant Daniel J. Griffin and former Sergeant William W. Robertson, each of Westborough, have been every convicted of 1 rely of conspiracy, one rely of theft regarding a federal program, and 4 counts of wire fraud.

From 2015 via 2018, troopers within the Site visitors Packages Part at State Police Headquarters in Framingham, together with Griffin and Robertson, conspired to steal hundreds of {dollars} by arriving late and leaving early from shifts of federally funded additional time, authorities mentioned.

Griffin and Robertson have been arrested and indicted by a federal grand jury in December 2020. 

Griffin helped the scheme by falsifying kinds and different documentation, the U.S. Legal professional’s workplace mentioned. Griffin, Robertson, and different conspirators started to burning information and kinds in 2018 when the additional time scheme first got here to gentle. Griffin additionally submitted a memo to superiors claiming that lacking kinds have been “inadvertently” discarded, the U.S. Legal professional mentioned. 

Griffin’s fraudulent actions prolonged to his personal safety enterprise KnightPro as nicely, the place authorities say he hid $700,000 in income from the IRS and his daughter’s personal faculty, submitting deceptive supplies that drastically understated his revenue. He pleaded responsible to defrauding the college final month.

With final week’s convictions, Griffin and Robertson might withstand 35 years in jail, on prime of hefty fines.

The 2 males are scheduled for sentencing on March 20, 2024.