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Troopers Suspended, Others Retire After Audit Finds Alleged Overtime Abuse

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts State Police say some troopers have been suspended without pay and others retired following an audit that found alleged overtime abuse.

Nineteen members of Troop E faced hearings Friday to determine their duty status while the investigation is conducted.

State Police say nine officers retired since the start of the investigation Tuesday, leaving 10 hearings for Friday.

As a result, the department ordered nine members suspended without pay. One person was kept on active duty.

The audit found possible cases of officers holding the ranks of trooper, sergeant and lieutenant being paid overtime for shifts they didn't work.

State Police say two more Troop E members would've faced hearings but one retired prior to the opening of the investigation and the other is already suspended for an unrelated issue.

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