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State Police clerk accused of theft crimes re payroll funds

When someone works for the Massachusetts State Police it would seem that, above all, one would not want to be accused of stealing money from one's employer. One woman faces that dim prospect for allegedly stealing over $23,000 in travel and reimbursement funds in her capacity as payroll director. The 49-year-old woman is officially charged with larceny over $250 by the authorities. The alleged theft crimes come amidst an ongoing scandal involving the state police.

There have allegedly been dozens of troopers assigned to patrolling the Massachusetts Turnpike who were being paid overtime for hours not worked. It appears that the current charges against the payroll director are indicative of a general breakdown in the payroll department, but it has not been reported that she was directly involved in the overtime payroll scandal. Nonetheless, officials indicated that she could be charged with additional crimes.

The Governor of Massachusetts stated that he expects a thorough investigation because of the recent scandals. The suspect has been on an unpaid leave that is said to be permanent. In the meantime, prior to determining whether the suspect will get additional charges, the District Attorney of Middlesex County conducts a full investigation of the alleged theft crimes. If the suspect is claiming a defense or even innocence, she will need to meet with criminal defense counsel to relate all facts.

She will need her own investigation to be directed by her defense counsel if she hopes to establish innocence or even a partial defense to the theft crimes charges. In this case, it may be necessary to employ an independent expert to examine the records to determine whether the accused has a defense that will hold up. Alternatively, if she readily admits the charges, then defense counsel will focus on the process of negotiating a plea bargain for the client.

Source: whdh.com, "Mass. State Police payroll director charged with stealing more than $23K in funds due in court", April 23, 2018

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