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A former president of the Massachusetts State Police union, was on Wednesday arrested after he “embezzled and exploited,” the organisation of the structural funds, through the purchase of more than $4,000 in flowers for his mistress, and of bankrolling a trip to Miami Beach and other luxury spending, federal prosecutors say.
The FBI is working with the IRS’ Criminal investigation Division, took on Dana, Pullman, and Anne Lynch, a lobbyist who represents the State Police Association of Massachusetts, in the custody early Wednesday morning at their respective homes in Worcester and in the Trunk, the Agency said in a statement. They are now facing conspiracy and obstruction charges.
“As the president of the state police Association of Massachusetts, we believe that Dana, Pullman, maintaining the union is a criminal organization, so that it works like an old-school mob boss, who is conspiring with Anne Lynch, out of the tens of thousands of dollars to its members and the Community,” FBI Special Agent in Charge Joseph Bonavolonta said. “In the execution of their plan, they crossed over the thin blue line, in the commission of a crime.”
Dana Pullman, the former chief of the state police Association of Massachusetts.
In a complaint unsealed Wednesday in Massachusetts, the court stated that “this study suggests that, at least, starting in 2012 and continuing through to the Pullman’s resignation, etc, Pullman, Lynch, and others were involved in a scheme and conspiracy to defraud the Membership, and the Community of their right to the honest services of the Pullman, by fraud and deceit, including that of Pullman’s receipt of illegal kickbacks and the bribery of a single operation, and the lobbying firm.”
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The complaint was based on a review of documents and interviews with many of the witnesses claimed that the hotel “is often misappropriated and misused,” the union’s funds by racking up more than $20,000 to the cost of the organization’s debit card, and receive a regular SPAM-refund checks will not be supported by the revenues.”
The researchers say that the award given:
- $9,300 flowers and gift baskets to your family and friends who have nothing to do with the union, including more than $ 4,400 “in the flowers as well as gifts for a person who is Elegant, having a romantic relationship with you.”
- $8,000 to the internet by an individual in one of the restaurants in the Boston area, as well as the meals with the family or in the neighbourhood of the house
- More than $3,000 for a “personal trip” with him to Miami Beach, Fla.
- $ 2,000 in iTunes charges, among other charges
The Pullman is a member of the Massachusetts State Police in 1987 and was on the union’s executive director from 2012 until his retirement in September of 2018, the complaint says.
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It doesn’t add to federal authorities launched an investigation into the Pullman in July 2018, and accused him, and the Lynch by trying to interfere with cops ‘ efforts.
If the union’s treasurer, “it is the purpose of preparing cost records,… required to be produced pursuant to a grand jury subpoena issued in September 2018, it said: “the Award-presented to the treasurer, and that they are falsely telling federal investigators that it was SPAM, it had to have an internal policy to destroy the expense of the records after one year.
The complaint also alleges that Lynch, in an interview with FBI investigators, “falsely denied ever making payments to, or Elegant, or his or her spouse from her own personal account or for any of the lobbying firm’s business account.”
Pullman’s attorney, in a statement to WCVB, said that his client “is going to be strong and powerful, and to deny the allegations.
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“He disputes that any payment is made by the Anne Lynch was a bribe or kickback,” the lawyer, Martin Weinberg, said. “There were controls in the view. His actions were not in conflict with his loyalty to the union, or his / her duties.”
The award and Lynch is expected to appear in court later in the day.