January had been shaping up as such a banner month for the Massachusetts State Police.
It was Jan. 30, solely a day left, and a mere one trooper – only one! – had been arrested all month. For drunk driving. For the second time in 18 months.
And December hadn’t been that unhealthy both, by MSP criminal-bust requirements – simply two retired staties had been convicted of conspiracy, wire fraud, and so on. and so on. in federal court docket.
But yesterday, the MSP’s run of fine luck ended – 4 extra crooked stateies arrested, two present and two “retired” troopers. Yet one other scandal for the second most corrupt legislation enforcement company within the US, after solely the FBI.
Comes the recurring query: simply how grasping are these corrupt, sticky-fingered bent cops?
Consider Sgt. Gary Cederquist, age 58, of Stoughton. He appears to be the ringleader of this newest crew, whose racket was promoting CDL’s.
According to the state comptroller, in 2022 Cederquist made $331,619.29 – on the extent! In 2023, because the probe will need to have been increasing, he pocketed one other $182,000.
And behind all these obscenely bloated salaries comes the pension.
Why wasn’t Cederquist joyful simply feeding on the trough? Why did he need to lick the plate?
Indicted trooper Joel Rogers, age 54, of Bridgewater, made $184,000 in 2022 and $174,000 in 2023.
It’s shocking Cederquist and Rogers didn’t “retire” earlier than the hammer got here down. That’s the same old m.o. – I feel they educate it within the academy. Put in your papers earlier than you get the goal letter from the G-men.
Calvin Butner, 63, of Halifax, went out simply 10 months in the past, little question in a photograph end with the grand jury. He’s now pocketing $71,457 a yr, tax free in fact.
Perry Mendes, the fourth crooked cop, can be 63. He retired in April 2022 and now pockets $84,927 a yr.
And might be, even after his inevitable conviction, similar to the blokes who have been convicted in federal court docket in Worcester final month. They’re convicted felons, however they only maintain grabbing and grabbing and grabbing.
This bleep simply by no means ends. Because the crooked cops all get wrist slaps. Most of the Troop E embezzlers out on the Pike are nonetheless amassing large pensions and dwelling in, the place else, Florida.
The first statie arrested this month was Trooper Todd Girouard, busted in Hardwick by the West Brookfield cops for DUI on Jan. 12. He’d been lugged in August 2022, when he was found handed out within the driveway of the home he’d beforehand lived in together with his spouse and youngsters at 1:15 a.m. on a Sunday morning.
He had an open bottle of Tito’s Handmade Vodka.
Yesterday I pulled the story about his preliminary arrest off the native paper’s web site and noticed an replace on Girouard’s 2022 pinch:
“Update: In a bench trial before Judge Timothy Bibaud, on May 3, 2023, Girouard was found not guilty of drunk driving.”
Does that decide’s title ring a bell – Bibaud. A former hack within the Worcester County DA’s workplace whose daughter was on the middle of a scandal in 2017 that introduced down what was then all the hierarchy of the MSP.
All these years later, after the staties tried to care for their fellow hack’s daughter (and have been pressured to resign in shame) Judge Bibaud did the appropriate factor by Trooper Girouard, who has now been arrested once more.
How many extra of those CDL scandals is the MSP going to be concerned in, to not point out common drivers’ licenses. The hacks have had them in Boston, Brockton and Revere, perhaps extra.
Back in 1995, the Registry was making an attempt to show over one in every of its occasional new leafs. They arrange a corrupt Boston Globe columnist (not Kevin Cullen) with an MSP trooper for a drive-around. It ran on a crappy native TV present. Suddenly the cops have been deluged with calls from individuals who knew that this “hero” trooper was as bent as, properly, all the remainder of them.
This statie, who was a part of that exact Registry/MSP PR rehab program, was quickly convicted of bribery, conspiracy and submitting false experiences for payoffs of $20,000 “in a scheme to stamp hundreds of learners’ permits for illegal immigrants so they could receive driver’s licenses and then other legal documents.”
In different phrases, welfare.
Why do all these state troopers really feel the necessity to steal? You get the badge and viola, you’re a millionaire. Check out the state payroll – apart from to the DEI welfare recipients at UMass, the largest paychecks within the hackerama are going to the State Police.
Let me put it this fashion: 31 State Police made at the very least $306,227.82 final yr.
The high earner final yr was Thomas McCarthy, a detective captain. He made $501,764.97 in 2023.
Second in pay final yr was Det. Lt. William Cederquist. He’s within the “motorcycle unit” for $349,059.14. Good jobs at good wages for the Cederquists!
And to repeat, behind that comes the pension.
This newest batch of crooked staties who have been arrested yesterday had a favourite phrase to explain those that paid off and would then get taken care of – “golden.”
As in “the golden handshake.”
Speaking of golden handshakes, let’s return to the 2 corrupt staties who pleaded responsible in Worcester final month. Their largest rip-off – embezzling federal funds – dated again to 2015. They have been indicted in 2020, and allowed to retire with full pensions.
Ex-Lt. Daniel Griffin has since been amassing $10,913 a month – he’s out on “disability.” As I’ve mentioned earlier than, who knew kleptomania was a incapacity?
His associate in crime, Ex-Sgt. William Robertson has been pocketing $7,992 a month. And though they’ve pleaded responsible, the checks maintain coming.
Even after the crooked state cops are sentenced, their kisses within the mail carry on coming. The proposed revocations go earlier than the State Retirement Board, the place they’re referred to a listening to officer. Then when the revocation is ordered, the crooks will attraction, and when these appeals are turned down, their spouses will attraction…. because the direct deposits proceed, perpetually.
Meanwhile, among the state cops who refused to take the damaging COVID vaccine in 2020 are nonetheless unemployed after being fired. But they’re sincere, in order that they’re bleeped. Too unhealthy they’ll’t sue and get their circumstances heard by Judge Bibaud.
There’s an outdated saying: Pigs get fats, hogs get slaughtered.
In different phrases, don’t over-steal. That must be the staties’ “golden” rule. Don’t get over-served, and don’t over-steal.
This state wants an enema.
Feds cost Massachusetts State Police troopers in alleged bribery fraud scheme