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May 10, 2012

Brockton Police Officer Caught in Sting

In a sting operation that was being monitored by cameras, a Brockton police officer was caught and arrested on charges of shaking down an undercover police officer. The officer, who has worked on the force for 24 years, was charged with two counts of larceny from a person.

According to reports, law officials stated in March that the officer was captured on a security camera taking money from an unidentified victim. The police report officially stated that, "at this time several similar incidents have been noted to have taken place between the March incident and the date of this report, which are under review with the intention of charges to follow."

The officer's defense attorney, a 1977 graduate of Brockton High School, said "this is a very serious allegation ... He's very appreciative of the support from his friends and family and by his fellow police officers, many of whom have reached out to him to say he enjoys their complete support."

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July 1, 2011

54 Boston Firefighters Cited in Training Scheme

The Boston Fire Department is has been plagued by negative headlines, including multiple allegations of disability abuse, reports of two firefighters in West Roxbury who were reportedly under the influence of drugs when they attempted to put out a fire, and most recently, allegations of faking medical training certifications.

The Boston Fire Department on Thursday June 23, reportedly suspended 54 firefighters who were among the more than 200 EMT's statewide who investigators say, faked medical training certifications. The Department announced the suspensions following a yearlong internal investigation.

In 2010, two instructors were accused of falsifying records for 213 emergency medics, who received credit for training classes that never took place. These classes ranged anywhere from basic refresher courses to advance cardiac life support training. The current Department investigation found that 20 of the 54 suspended firefighters twice received false falsified certifications, and the other 34 received them once.

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June 1, 2011

Drug Trafficking and Extortion: Former Watertown Police Officer Charged

Federal authorities charged 18 people, including a Watertown police officer, in connection with a widespread drug extortion and money laundering scheme. The U.S. Attorney's Office announced that they executed searches in Watertown and Waltham that resulted in the seizure of more than $3.3 million, seven kilograms of gold bars worth $364,000, 80 pounds of marijuana, four weapons, and seven vehicles.

The international conspiracy apparently involved numerous people, and spread over many states including New York, Nevada, California, Florida, and also Canada. The Federal Authorities also reported the international drug trafficking operation was aided by a former Watertown police officer who was allegedly in possession of and distributing drugs.

The Watertown police department has stated that the drug trafficking occurred after he was fired from the department for unrelated reasons. The Watertown officer was fired on Nov. 29, 2010 on charges that he improperly served a restraining order and then lied about it.

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May 18, 2011

Dorchester Health Clinic Office Charged with Theft

Boston Police reported that a Cambridge man stole large sums of money from a community health center in Dorchester and spent it on himself. The man has allegedly stolen over $750,000 from the Dorchester Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center.

The center's executive director Doctor Achebe took over the center three years ago when it was on the verge of bankruptcy and has turned the center around. Unfortunately, a former payroll consultant for the center routinely stole money that was intended to help some of the city's patients who are in extremely poor health, and used it to pay for a Cambridge penthouse and a Lamborghini. The suspect worked in the center from 2003 to 2008.

Patients who use the health center said they have seen a huge improvement since Achebe took over, but say that the return of the $750,000 would go a long way toward future improvements. Achebe vowed that "justice has to be served for a community that has nothing, for a health center that could do great things if it had the resources, and to for those who work in this building...diligently...honestly and have done so for 42 years."

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May 9, 2011

Feds Charge Revere Police Officer in Corruption Sting

A Revere police officer has been arrested and charged with corruption by lying to the FBI and accepting a $200 bribe. According to the Department of Justice, Todd Randall, 40, of Revere, met with an FBI witness and accepted the bribe in exchange for providing interference with a criminal case. Agents reported that Randall was on duty, in his police uniform, and driving a marked Revere Police cruiser when he traveled to the witness's home and accepted the bribe.

FBI Special Agent Richard DesLauriers said, "Mr. Randall's alleged criminal actions and subsequent false statements regarding his role in an ongoing public corruption investigation are an injustice to the thousands of honest and trustworthy federal, state and local law enforcement officers who work in Massachusetts." The interaction between Randall and the FBI witness was caught on camera during the bribery sting.

Randall has been on unpaid administrative leave from the Revere Police Department and is facing up to five years in prison if convicted. He was released on a $10,000 unsecured bond after his arrest; however, he is reportedly working on a plea deal with federal prosecutors to resolve the situation, reports U.S. Attorney Robert A. Fisher.

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