By Tiffany Williams –
On Tuesday, former Boston Police Captain, Richard Evans, 62, of Hanover, was arrested and charged in an unsealed indictment with one count of conspiracy to commit theft concerning programs receiving federal funds, one count of embezzlement from an agency receiving federal funds, one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and three counts of wire fraud.
Evans arrest was the result of an ongoing investigation of overtime fraud at the Boston Police Department’s evidence warehouse.
While with the Boston Police Department, Evans oversaw the BPD’s Evidence Control Unit, which was responsible for, among other things, storing, cataloging and retrieving evidence at the warehouse.
ECU officers were eligible to earn overtime pay of 1.5 times their regular hourly pay rate for overtime assignments. It is alleged that beginning in at least March 2015, Evans and other officers routinely departed overtime shifts two or more hours early but submitted false and fraudulent overtime slips claiming to have worked the entirety of each shift.
During one overtime shift, called “purge” overtime, the shift was supposed to be performed from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on weekdays. On days which Evans claimed to have worked until 8:00 p.m., the warehouse was closed, locked and alarmed well before 8:00 p.m., and often by 6:00 p.m. or earlier. Despite this, it is alleged that Evans routinely submitted false and fraudulent overtime slips claiming to have worked from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Evans also endorsed the fraudulent overtime slips of his subordinates.
From March 2015 to February 2019, Evans allegedly received over $12,395 for overtime hours he did not work.