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Former Boston Police Sergeant Convicted of Overtime Fraud at BPD Evidence Warehouse

A former Boston police sergeant has been convicted for his involvement in a long-running overtime fraud scheme at the BPD evidence warehouse. (Herald file photo)

A former Boston police sergeant has been convicted for his involvement in a long-running overtime fraud scheme at the BPD evidence warehouse.

Former Boston Police Sgt. William Baxter was sentenced in United States District Court to three years of supervised release, including seven months of home detention.

The 63-year-old Hyde Park man was also ordered to pay a $20,000 fine and $9,223 in restitution.

He personally collected about $9,223 for overtime he didn't work between March 2015 and June 2016, according to the federal government.

Years ago, Baxter pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit theft involving programs receiving federal funds, and one count of embezzling funds from an agency receiving federal funds.

He was one of 15 officers indicted for committing OT fraud at the Boston Police Department's evidence warehouse – 10 of whom were found guilty either by guilty plea or jury verdict. Of the five other officers charged, four were acquitted last April and one officer died while charges were pending.

According to the federal government, Baxter submitted false and fraudulent overtime records indicating he did not work two shifts at the evidence warehouse.

The first, called the overtime “purge,” consisted of a 16- to 8-hour weekday shift intended to clear out old, useless evidence. The second team, called a “kiosk,” consisted of going to each Boston police district one Saturday a month to collect old prescription drugs to burn.

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For the “purge” shift, Baxter said he worked from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., but he regularly left at 6 p.m., and sometimes earlier. Additionally, Baxter knowingly approved the fraudulent OT records of his subordinates who also allegedly left that shift early.

For the “kiosk” shift, Baxter and other members of the unit routinely submitted overtime reports claiming to have worked 8.5 hours – when in reality, he and other members of the unit unit would have only worked 3 to 4 hours on these shifts.

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