The news is out: [Federal prosecutors say they have arrested nine current and former Boston police officers Wednesday for allegedly participating in a scheme in which they embezzled more than $200,000 in overtime pay.
The officers – six of whom are retired – have each been charged with one count of conspiracy to commit theft concerning programs receiving federal funds and one count of embezzlement from an agency receiving federal funds, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the District of Massachusetts.
“I am a strong supporter of the police, especially in these difficult times. But all must be treated equally under the law, regardless of wealth, power or station,” U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling said in a statement. “These officers are charged with stealing taxpayer money, year after year, through fraud. Beyond the theft of funds, this kind of official misconduct also erodes trust in public institutions, at a time when that trust is most needed.”]
They have qualified immunity to steal.