Retired Massachusetts state trooper pleads guilty to overtime fraud charge

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A retired state trooper pleaded guilty to collecting over $20,000 in overtime pay that he did not work in U.S. Senior District Court Thursday.

According to the Justice Department, 50-year-old Paul Cesan of Southwick pleaded not guilty to embezzlement from an agency receiving federal funds.

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Cesan was previously arrested and charged on June 27, 2018. His sentencing is scheduled for March 12, 2019.

Cesan was a Massachusetts State Police Trooper assigned to Troop E in Westfield, which was responsible for enforcing criminal and traffic regulations along the MassPike, I-90.

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According to the Justice Department, Cesan earned $163,533, which included about $50,866 in overtime pay. Cesan admitted to collecting $29,287 for overtime hours he did not work.

Cesan is the fourth state trooper to plead guilty to overtime fraud since the ongoing investigation into the scandal surfaced.

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