A former Massachusetts State Police Trade Union official was arrested on Wednesday after "embezzling and abusing" the organization's funds by buying more than $ 4,000 in flowers for his lover and a trip to Miami Beach Financed – among other things, lavish federal spending prosecutors say.
The FBI arrested Dana Pullman and Anne Lynch – a lobbyist representing the Massachusetts State Police Association – in their respective homes in Worcester and Hull early Wednesday morning, the bureau said in a statement. They are both now confronted with conspiracy and disability charges.
"As President of the Massachusetts State Police Association, we believe that Dana Pullman led the union like a criminal enterprise, leading her like an old-school mob boss who teamed with Anne Lynch, tens of thousands of dollars from members and stealing the Commonwealth, "said Joseph Bonavolonta, FBI Special Agent in charge. "In carrying out their plans, they have crossed the thin blue line to commit crimes."
A complaint unsealed on Wednesday before the Massachusetts district court states: "The investigation has revealed that Pullman, Lynch and others at least committed at least 2012 until his resignation in a scam and a conspiracy The involvement and community of their right to honest Pullman services through fraud and deception, including Pullman's receipt of illegal bribes and bribes from Lynch and the lobbying firm, were implicated. "
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The complaint, which was based on a review of documents and interviews with numerous witnesses, alleges that Pullman has "misappropriated and abused" the union's monies by charging more than $ 20,000 placed on the organization's debit card and received "frequent SPAM refund checks that are not supported by receipts".
Investigators state that Pullman spent the following:
- $ 9,300 for flowers and gift baskets for non-union family and non-union friends, including $ 4,400 for flowers and gifts for one person Pullman had a romantic relationship.
- $ 8,000 for meals with this person in restaurants in the Boston area and meals with family members near his home
- More than $ 3,000 for a "personal getaway" with this person in Miami Beach, Florida.
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It adds that the federal authorities in July 2018 made an investigation against Pullman and him and accused Lynch of obstructing the agents' efforts.
According to a grand jury summons issued in September 2018, it must be presented. Pullman suggested to the Treasurer to falsely inform federal investigators that SPAM has an internal policy to destroy records of reimbursement after one year.
] The complaint also alleges that in an interview with FBI investigators, Lynch "falsely refused to ever make payments to Pullman or his spouse from their personal account or from the librarian's business account."
Pullman's Advocate in a Statement WCVB wrote that his client "intends to emphatically and forcefully deny the allegations.
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" He denies that any payment by Anne Lynch was a bribe or setback, "said lawyer Martin Weinberg. "They were checks in sight. His business was not in conflict with his loyalty to the union or his duties. "
Pullman and Lynch are expected to appear in court today.