Former Boston Police Captain Convicted of Overtime Fraud Costing Taxpayers Hundreds of Thousands

Former Boston Police Captain Convicted of Overtime Fraud Costing Taxpayers Hundreds of Thousands

Former Boston Police Department captain, Richard Evans, was convicted on Friday for his involvement in a scheme that falsely certified overtime hours for himself and other officers, resulting in fraudulent overtime payments amounting to hundreds of thousands of dollars. The conviction came after Evans was found guilty of conspiracy to commit theft from programs receiving federal funds, theft from programs receiving federal funds, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and wire fraud, as announced by Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, Joshua Levy.

Evans, a 37-year veteran of the department and one of its highest-ranking officers at the time, served as the commander of the Boston Police Department’s Evidence Control Unit (ECU) from May 2012 to March 2016. In this role, he was responsible for approving overtime pay for ECU officers, which was 1.5 times higher than their regular pay.

According to Levy’s office, Evans immediately began submitting and approving overtime slips that significantly inflated the amount of time worked as soon as he assumed command of the ECU. Prosecutors revealed that Evans submitted “hundreds” of fraudulent overtime slips for himself, while also approving false time sheets for subordinate ECU officers. These actions made it appear as though officers had worked full four-hour overtime shifts when they had only worked one or two hours.

During his tenure as commander, Evans received over $120,000 in fraudulent overtime payments in addition to his base salary of over $200,000. The evidence presented at trial demonstrated that Evans misled his superiors about the overtime scheme to conceal the fact that officers were inflating their hours.

Evans is scheduled to be sentenced on June 20, 2021. If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for the charges related to theft from a program receiving federal funds, and up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for the charges related to wire fraud.

In a statement, Acting U.S. Attorney Joshua Levy emphasized that Evans’ actions should not reflect on the integrity of the Boston Police Department or the majority of law enforcement officers who serve with honor. He further stated that individuals who prioritize personal greed over their public duty must be held accountable.

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  1. This is such an important story that needs to be shared! I will definitely be sharing this post on my social media accounts to help spread the word and raise awareness about this fraudulent scheme. It’s crucial that we hold those in positions of authority accountable for their actions. Thank you for bringing this to our attention!

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