Former State Police sergeant from Westborough sentenced related to overtime scheme

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Former State Police sergeant from Westborough sentenced related to overtime scheme
William W. Robertson, 62, had been convicted on charges of conspiracy, theft concerning a federal program and four counts of wire fraud.

WESTBOROUGH – A former State Police sergeant from Westborough was sentenced in connection to an overtime scheme.

According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, William W. Robertson, 62, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Margaret R. Guzman to three years in prison. He had been convicted on charges of conspiracy, theft concerning a federal program and four counts of wire fraud in December.

Co-conspirator Daniel Griffin, who is a former lieutenant with the State Police, was sentenced to five years in prison and three years of supervised release along with paying a restitution of $329,163, a fine of $176,700 and special assessment of $2,100 on April 26.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Robertson, Griffin and other troopers in the Traffic Programs Section conspired to steal thousands of dollars in federally-funded overtime between 2015 and 2018. The release stated that the troopers regularly arrived late and left early from overtime shifts that were funded by grants to improve traffic safety.

The troopers also shred and burned documents to avoid detection after it came to light in 2017 and 2018.

Following Robertson’s prison sentence, he will be placed on three years of supervised release. The judge also ordered him to pay $142,774 in restitution and forfeit $32,180.

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