How a complaint about a soldier from Massachusetts led to overtime fraud

REVEALED: How a complaint about a soldier from Massachusetts who shouted & don't you speak English? & # 39; led an Asian motorist to prosecute TEN agents for overtime fraud

  • New report reveals origins of Massachusetts State Police investigation into overtime
  • A total of 10 troopers were accused in the state or federal court in the probe
  • Was launched after the woman complained about the traffic stop in October 2016
  • Asian woman complained after state trooper shouted: & # 39; Don't you speak English? & # 39;
  • But researchers noted that her quote was dated one day after the stop
  • Revelation led to the discovery of fraudulent paperwork on the web to solve overtime
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The complaint by an Asian motorist about an alleged racist remark has been revealed as the origin of the probe that has uncovered a massive overtime arrangement for the state police in Massachusetts.

The probe that resulted in a total of 10 Massachusetts State Police troopers facing charges, whether in state or federal court, resulted from a traffic stop in October 2016, the Boston Globe reported.

A motorist, only referred to as Debbie by the Globe, drove through the Ted Williams tunnel when a trooper appeared before her, waving his arms to stop.

& # 39; Do you not speak English? & # 39; the trooper shouted according to the woman, who is Asian and has a medical degree from Harvard.

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An Asian motorist, only referred to as Debbie, was driving through the Ted Williams tunnel when a state pointer waved at her to stop and shouted: & # 39; Don't you speak English? & # 39;

An Asian motorist, only referred to as Debbie, was driving through the Ted Williams tunnel when a state pointer waved at her to stop and shouted: & # 39; Don't you speak English? & # 39;

& # 39; Do you not speak English? & # 39; the trooper screamed again, according to the woman.

A second trooper on the spot wrote her a quote for driving 10 miles over the speed limit and she drove off.

In January 2017, the woman filed a complaint with the state police and accused the trooper yelling at her of racism.

Debbie was surprised when a state police investigator called her, but seemed completely focused on her mention that the quote was dated one day after the day she was actually persuaded.

& # 39; They weren't really interested in hearing my complaint, but they were very interested in things like time & # 39; on the ticket, she said.

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Debbie has never heard of the state police about her ticket, but the tug of war led to the unraveling of a huge plan.

The two officers involved in the Debbie incident were identified as Michael Casamassima, who confronted her, and Eric Chin, who wrote the ticket.

At the time, Chin was among the highest paid troopers in the state and collected more than $ 302,000 in 2016 – including overtime of $ 131,650.

Michael Casamassima is the officer who told Debbie to shout at her. He was never accused of overtime fraud

Michael Casamassima is the officer who told Debbie to shout at her. He was never accused of overtime fraud

Chin wrote the post-dated ticket that led to the investigation. He also claimed discrimination and complained that he was being unfairly disciplined because he is Asian

Chin wrote the post-dated ticket that led to the investigation. He also claimed discrimination and complained that he was being unfairly disciplined because he is Asian

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The officers involved in Debbie's stop were named as Michael Casamassima (left), who was never accused of overtime fraud, and Eric Chin (right) who was found guilty of embezzlement.

The post-dated ticket led to an investigation into Chin's paperwork, and in December 2018 he pleaded guilty in the federal court for an embezzlement in connection with overtime fraud.

He was sentenced to a year of controlled release and ordered more than $ 7,000 to pay restitution and dismissed without retirement.

Chin filed a complaint of discrimination and claimed that he was unfairly disciplined because he was Asian, but later withdrew the complaint.

Casamassima, the trooper who shouted at Debbie, was never accused or otherwise accused of being involved in overtime fraud.

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However, the department confirmed the complaint of & # 39; verbal abuse & # 39; against him and he stopped in 2017.

The investigation into overtime fraud eventually entangled one third of the troopers in Troop E and the unit was dissolved in the spring of 2018.

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