Retirement Board Suspends Pension For Former Massachusetts State Police Trooper Paul Cesan

The state’s Retirement Board has voted to suspend the pension of one former Massachusetts State Police trooper who has been sentenced in connection with the overtime pay scandal.

During the executive session at Thursday’s meeting, the board voted to suspend pension pay for Paul Cesan starting July 1, according to officials from the office of the state treasurer.

Cesan was receiving a monthly pension payment of $6,639.43

Cesan, 51, appeared in Boston federal court on Monday, where he was sentenced to one day in prison, deemed already served, with one year of supervised release. Additionally, he was ordered to pay back $29,287 for hours he did not work in 2016.

The Southwick resident pleaded guilty in November to a charge of embezzling from an agency receiving federal funds.

Cesan retired in March 2018 from his role with Troop E, which patrolled the Massachusetts Turnpike. He earned $172,797 in 2017, including $35,271 in overtime pay. In 2016, he earned $163,533, including $50,866 in overtime.

Last week, former trooper Gary Herman was also sentenced for his role in the overtime abuse scandal. He was sentenced to one day in prison, which was deemed already served, and one year of supervised released.

Herman, who was suspended in March 2018, pleaded guilty to embezzling funds from an agency receiving federal funds in a Boston federal court in October.

Herman, 45 of Chester, to pay back $12,468 of the more than $28,000 he stole from the state police.

Herman has not submitted an application to retire and is not receiving a benefit at this time, officials said.

Pension matters concerning Cesan and Herman will be referred to a hearing officer. That officer will hold a hearing, investigate and submit findings and recommendations to the board, according to officials in the state treasurer’s office.

Then, the board will make a determination about pension forfeiture.

Cesan and Herman were among the dozens of troopers investigated in connection with the agency’s widespread overtime abuse scandal. The troopers were accused of skipping shifts, writing phony traffic citations or, in some cases, never showing up for the overtime shifts at all.


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