• The Latest: Ex-police union leader, lobbyist appear in court

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    BOSTON (AP) - The Latest on the arrest of the former president of the Massachusetts State Police labor union and the union's former lobbyist (all times local):

    3:30 p.m.

    The former president of and the lobbyist for the Massachusetts State Police labor union have appeared in Boston federal court on charges they misused union funds for personal gain.

    Dana Pullman, the former head of the State Police Association of Massachusetts, and Anne Lynch, a State House lobbyist, made their initial appearance Wednesday.

    They were released by a judge after surrendering their passports and agreeing to other conditions. They face federal wire fraud, conspiracy and obstruction charges.

    Authorities say Pullman charged personal expenses on the union's debit card and received kickbacks from Lynch.

    Pullman's lawyer says his client denies the charges. An email seeking comment was sent to Lynch's lawyer.

    Lynch Associates, the lobbying firm Anne Lynch founded, said she hasn't had ownership interest in the firm since 2016 and declined to comment further.

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    10:40 a.m.

    Federal authorities have arrested the former president of and the lobbyist for the Massachusetts State Police labor union after they say the two misused union funds for personal gain.

    FBI and Internal Revenue Service agents arrested Dana Pullman, the former head of the State Police Association of Massachusetts, and Anne Lynch, a State House lobbyist, at their homes on Wednesday.

    They face federal conspiracy and obstruction charges. Pullman's lawyer said Wednesday his client denies the charges. A message seeking comment was left with Lynch's lobbying firm.

    The arrests aren't related to the overtime abuse scheme that's shaken the State Police. Pullman had been a vocal defender of the dozens of current and former troopers charged in that case.

    Pullman resigned from his union post and the state police last September, citing personal reasons.

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    8:45 a.m.

    The former president and the lobbyist for the Massachusetts State Police labor union have been arrested by federal authorities.

    The FBI said Wednesday that special agents from the FBI and the Internal Revenue Service's Criminal Investigation Division arrested Dana Pullman, the former head of the State Police Association of Massachusetts, and Anne Lynch, a State House lobbyist, at their respective homes in Worcester and Hull.

    No further details were provided. The agencies and U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Andrew Lelling said they would detail the arrests later Wednesday morning at the federal courthouse in Boston.

    MassLive reports Pullman resigned last September amid an ongoing investigation into alleged misuse of union funds for personal benefit. The Massachusetts State Police has also been rocked by a widespread overtime abuse scheme in recent years.

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