The two lively members of the Massachusetts State Police charged with buying and selling business driver’s licenses for favors have been “suspended without pay indefinitely,” the company has introduced.
“Following duty status hearings this morning at General Headquarters, the Massachusetts State Police ordered Sergeant Gary Cederquist and Trooper Joel Rogers suspended without pay indefinitely,” MSP spokesman David Procopio wrote in a press release.
Cederquist and Rogers, together with retired Troopers Calvin Butner, 63, of Halifax, and Perry Mendes, 63, of Wareham, have been the topic of a 74-count federal indictment handed down yesterday alleging main fraud throughout the MSP Commercial Driver Licensing Unit, the place they labored.
Cederquist, 58, of Stoughton, and Rogers, 54, of Bridgewater — in addition to civilian defendants Scott Camara, 42, of Rehoboth, and Eric Mathison, 47, of Boston — pleaded not responsible in federal courtroom in Boston’s Seaport yesterday. Butner, who retired in 2022, and Mendes, who retired in 2021, have been arrested Monday in Florida and have but to be arraigned.
The MSP says that not solely has it cooperated with federal prosecutors within the investigation and prosecution however “immediately launched its internal investigation and additionally initiated an internal audit of the unit’s operations and procedures” when it turned conscious of the alleged crimes throughout the CDL unit in late 2022.
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