• Mass. State Police trooper pleads guilty in connection to overtime scandal

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    A suspended Massachusetts State Police trooper pleaded guilty in connection to an overtime scandal involving the department.

    Kevin Sweeney, a 40-year-old Braintree native, pleaded guilty on Friday on one count of embezzlement from an agency receiving federal funds and one count of wire fraud.

    Sweeney was charged and agreed to plead guilty on August 17, and a United States District Court judge scheduled his sentencing for December 11.

    Sweeney was a part of Troop E, responsible for enforcing criminal and traffic regulations on the Massachusetts Turnpike, and earned $218,512 with over $97,000 in overtime pay in 2016.

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    Charges for theft of government funds get a sentence no longer than 10 years in prison, with three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000, or twice the gross gain or loss.

    Wire fraud charges get a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, with three years of supervised release and, also get a find of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss.

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