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BPD clerk charged with overtime abuse, forging supervisor signatures

A clerk in the detective unit at the District A-1 station downtown was arrested on federal charges yesterday for allegedly forging her supervisors' signatures on overtime slips for time she didn't actually work, the US Attorney's office reports.

Marilyn Golisano, 68, was indicted on one count of embezzlement from an agency receiving federal funds, six counts of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft for overtime slips she put in between 2017 and 2019, the US Attorney's office reports.

Golisano is the latest BPD employee to face federal overtime charges. In September, nine current and former BPD officers at the department evidence warehouse in Hyde Park were charged with putting in for overtime they didn't work.

According to her indictment, Golisano earned a total of $29,184 in overtime she didn't deserve in 2017 and 2018.

Supervisor A reviewed hundreds of Overtime Slips submitted by Golisano during the period of at least 2017 through early 2019 and identified dozens of Overtime Slips where his signature had been forged.

Two other supervisors who reviewed her slips also found their signatures forged on "several" overtime slips, the indictment adds.

For at least two of the slips, Investigators used location data from Golisano's phone to place her in Melrose or Wakefield at times when she signed slips that she was hard at work at the Sudbury Street police station, according to the indictment.

The feds were able to charge her with wire fraud because BPD's payroll is processed through a Citizens Bank office across state lines in Providence, which would then transfer overtime pay to Golisano's account at the East Boston Savings Bank. The charge of embezzlement from an agency receiving federal funds comes because BPD receives more than $10,000 a year in federal money.

Innocent, etc.

Golisano indictment (1.4M PDF).

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How long is location data saved on phones where authorities could trace or re-trace all your steps? Lifetime?? I know we're all willingly and knowingly carrying around gps-capable devices in our pockets, but still..

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On your phone it's only saved as long as you keep the data. A good wipe probably clears it from easy eyes but if youre suspected of committing something like a murder more expensive forensic tools can probably recover data from a basic wipe from your settings menu.

The real issue you're going to have is the cell tower records when your phones pings them. There's no getting around that unless you turn off the all cellular activity. And there have been cases where people are convicted of murder because their phone location was turned off at the precise time of the murder.

Tower data is stored by the carrier and probably kept forever at this point since data is cheap these days. That cell tower data has a lot of critics when it comes to trial evidence and accuracy. But in a case like this it should be pretty easy to prove accurate enough to determine this person is not at work when they said.

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Probably not more than a year, but a few months for most services....

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If she can't be trusted with the slips, how can she be trusted with the arrests she made or be credible in court?

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So not making any arrests.

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Mea Culpa, did not say anything about her being a civilian in the article because there are officers who are clerks as well!

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I read the reason she was charged by the feds(which seem like a stretch), but it also seems like the State AG rarely or never file corruption charges. Do they not care? Too politically risky? Or is there a better reason?

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No advantage in going after police corruption or teamsters' shakedowns if the feds will do it for you.

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Have I fallen into a wormhole and gone back to 2015?

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Yup, wrong decade, wrong Martha. My bad.

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Her name's Maura.

"Women, they all look alike."

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to coincide with Big Hat Willie Gross maybe throwing his fedora into the ring, isn't it?

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Is it 1880?

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But Boston was probably one of Verizon's last Centrex customers well into the 2010s. It wouldn't surprise me if they still have some of their phone lines on Centrex.

Change comes very slowly, especially when you have administrators who like the paper processes they have used for decades.

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And they are still using paper slips for overtime? Makes it easy to steal.

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The feds were able to charge her with wire fraud because BPD's payroll is processed through a Citizens Bank office across state lines in Providence

This "interstate commerce" reasoning is so dumb. Practically every crime today has become a federal crime, because it's interstate in some invisible way. These should be prosecuted at the state level.

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