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‘I am deeply dismayed’: Read Rachael Rollins’s statement on the alleged Boston police overtime fraud

"If these allegations are true, these men and women have dishonored the badge."

Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins. Craig F. Walker / The Boston Globe, File

Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins said Wednesday her office plans to trigger reviews of cases involving the nine Boston police officers who federal prosecutors allege committed over $200,000 in overtime fraud.

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“I am deeply dismayed by the allegations outlined in federal court this afternoon,” Rollins said in a statement. “If these allegations are true, these men and women have dishonored the badge. They stole taxpayer dollars, multiple times over a period of years. This behavior certainly calls into question their credibility. Whatever testimony they may have given in any Suffolk County prosecution during that time is now suspect.”

“I intend to right any wrongs that have been created because of potential misconduct,” she added.

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Massachusetts U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling’s office announced Wednesday federal authorities arrested the officers on conspiracy to commit theft and embezzlement charges following an investigation that allegedly found they submitted fraudulent time sheets to collect pay for hours they did not work at the department’s evidence warehouse.

Those charged include: Lt. Timothy Torigian, 54, of Walpole; retired Sgt. Gerard O’Brien, 62, of Braintree; retired Sgt. Robert Twitchell, 58, of Norton; retired Officer Henry Doherty, 61, of Dorchester; retired Officer Diana Lopez, 58, of Milton; retired Officer James Carnes, 57, of Canton; Officer Michael Murphy, 60, of Hyde Park; retired Officer Ronald Nelson, 60, of Jamaica Plain; and Officer Kendra Conway, 49, of Boston, prosecutors said.

The officers appeared by videoconference in federal court in Boston Wednesday, where they were released from custody on personal recognizance, The Boston Globe reports.

Read Rollins’s full statement:

Public servants are rightfully held to a higher standard. Those of us in law enforcement, however, must be beyond reproach because what we do impacts matters of life, death, and freedom for the general public. In these uncertain times we as a nation find ourselves in, with so much tension and mistrust between law enforcement and the communities we are sworn to protect and serve, today’s indictments are a blow to the credibility of our noble profession. We in law enforcement cannot adequately perform our duties if the community does not trust us or believes that we lack integrity. That does nothing to keep our communities safe; to solve our crimes; and to foster, cultivate and build mutual trust and respect between the police and the people they serve.

I am deeply dismayed by the allegations outlined in federal court this afternoon. If these allegations are true, these men and women have dishonored the badge. They stole taxpayer dollars, multiple times over a period of years. This behavior certainly calls into question their credibility. Whatever testimony they may have given in any Suffolk County prosecution during that time is now suspect.

Accordingly, the names of these nine officers will be added to the Law Enforcement Automatic Discovery (LEAD) database in my Office. The names in the LEAD database – and the reason(s) they are included in the database – are checked in each criminal case. If an officer involved in a criminal matter we are pursuing is in the database, that specific information is then shared with defense counsel.

My Office will also be notifying CPCS and MACDL about these nine individuals so those entities can begin reviewing cases to see what role, if any, these officers may have played in matters they have defended. For each case they bring to our attention, we will thoroughly review whatever potential pleading is presented to us. I intend to right any wrongs that have been created because of potential misconduct.

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