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Trooper Convicted After Drinking, Driving, And Crashing Is Among The 7 State Police Union Board Members Who Voted To Pay For Dana Pullman’s Legal Defense With Union Dues

 

Yesterday we published a blog on the SPAM (state police union) executive board members who voted to continue to pay former union President Dana Pullman’s legal fees, despite being charged by the FBI for spending their union dues on his mistress and other extravagant personal things. We found this out after the new union president Mark Lynch sent out a letter calling them out for it.

We knew there were 7, we just didn’t know which 7 of these guys.

Our sources with the MSP have confirmed that these are the 7:

  • Kevin Fredette
  • Eddy Hunter
  • Tim Gillespie
  • Jeff Gilbert
  • Paul Crowley
  • Dale Jenkins
  • Paul Powell

Trooper Hunter was listed in an August Masslive story for donating over $26K to politicians. In the criminal complaint against Pullman it alleges that “several” board members followed Pullman’s guidance and donated to candidates he directed them to.

Authorities also said that Pullman embezzled union funds and encouraged others to do the same to cover the cost of political donations and personal meals. The criminal complaint states that “several members of the e-board” followed Pullman’s guidance and submitted fake expense reimbursement requests to the treasurer,” though it did not name the executive board members who took part. Pullman and three constitutional officers who worked with him regularly made political donations to lawmakers in Massachusetts, including House Speaker Robert DeLeo, Rep. Angelo Puppolo and Sen. Michael Moore.

While affiliated with the association, Pullman paid at least $34,325 in donations to Bay State politicians, including $24,950 between 2012 and 2018 when he served as president, campaign finance records show. His top recipients include Moore, DeLeo and Puppolo. Timothy Babbin, the association’s vice president, paid $10,625 between 2012 and 2018, according to campaign finance records. Edward Hunter, the association’s secretary, paid $26,225 during that time frame. Andrew Daly, the association’s treasurer, paid $20,300.

Now Trooper Hunter is voting to pay for Pullman’s attorney fees, even though Pullman stole from the union. Seems like an odd thing to do for someone who doesn’t have dirt that they could use against you.

Then there’s Trooper Gillespie, who Pullman filed a motion to be able to hang out with while facing trial because they’re BFF’s.

Dana Pullman, the former Massachusetts State Police union president facing federal charges, wants permission to keep in touch with two longtime friends, both of whom are current or former members of the union’s executive board. Pullman, in his motion to clarify conditions of his pre-trial release, states one former and one current member of SPAM’s executive board are longtime friends. Tim Gillespie, a current board member, is a close family friend, Weinberg wrote.

“Mr. Pullman and Mr. Gillespie traveled together on SPAM business and also attend charity events together,” the motion reads.

Both men are listed as current or former representatives of the various troops within the state police.

“It is an unavoidable truth that, notwithstanding the presumption of innocence, the mere accusation of criminal conduct deeply burdens a defendant’s life,” Weinberg wrote. “Mr. Pullman should not, however, be required to terminate decades-long personal relationships because of the government’s apparent skepticism that he will comply with his legal obligation to refrain from discussing the case with potential witnesses.”

His good friend didn’t think to recuse himself from the vote. Interesting.

Trooper Gilbert was the union rep for Ryan Sceviour, the trooper who refused to change the arrest report for Alli Bibaud, leading to the scandal known as Troopergate. According to Masslive Gilbert advised him that he would be disciplined if he didn’t alter the report.

Fogarty told Sceviour and Conant he was ordered to issue them negative “supervisory observation reports” and to give them reprimands for including some statements made by Bibaud in the report. The troopers were with Trooper Jeffrey Gilbert, a union representative. Sceviour was advised by his union representative that if he refused to make the edits and deletions, he could be charged with insubordination and subject to being fired.

That doesn’t necessarily mean that he urged him to change the report. He just advised him that it would be in his best interest to do so. Now he’s voting to continue to pay Dana Pullman while he’s under investigation for stealing from the union.

And finally there’s Trooper Dale Jenkins, the rep from Troop A. I’m not sure how this guy is still on the job considering his 2016 conviction.

In November 2016 he was convicted of negligent operation causing serious bodily injury and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, from his involvement in a May 2014 off-duty crash in his 1965 Chevrolet Corvette coupe that critically injured a passenger. He beat the DUI though:

The crash happened after Jenkins invited a group of male friends and relatives to his North Andover home for a fire-pit gathering and to discuss an upcoming camping and rafting trip. Witnesses testified the men were drinking beer and passing around two whiskey bottles. Taking the stand in his own defense last Wednesday, Jenkins testified he drank three beers and a sip of whiskey in the four-hour period prior to the crash.

Then again, as we’ve seen with drunken trooper Angela Guerrera, and Trooper Jonathan Brown (who showed up drunk to work) the state police generally give their own a mulligan before taking any serious action against them.

This is what “reform” looks like under Charlie Baker.

 

 

 

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