A group of Massachusetts state troopers who patrolled the turnpike were directed to issue a certain number of tickets while on duty or risk losing out on lucrative overtime shifts, according to local media.
The overtime abuses were linked to special patrols designed to catch speeders on Interstate 90. Members of Troop E, which has since been disbanded, had to write at least eight tickets per shift despite repeated agency denials of the practice and state court rulings that such quotas are unconstitutional, the Boston Globe reports, citing federal prosecutors.
MassLive.com reports the quotas came to light in a sentencing memorandum filed last week for former trooper Eric Chin, one of dozens of troopers under investigation for fraudulently pumping up overtime payments from special patrols.
Chin pleaded guilty to embezzlement last year after receiving pay for overtime shifts he didn’t work or from which he left early, federal prosecutors said. Chin made $302,400, including about $131,653 in overtime, of which $7,125 was for hours he didn’t work, the U.S. attorney for the District of Massachusetts said in a statement.
Eight troopers in total have been charged with defrauding an agency that received federal funds, and seven have pleaded guilty or agreed to plead guilty, the U.S. attorney’s office said in a statement.
The special patrols — known as the Accident and Injury Reduction Effort — were designed to beef up patrols on the Massachusetts Turnpike.