Massachusetts State Police Colonel Christopher Mason announced on Friday afternoon that as many as 22 troopers may face termination in the wake of the ongoing overtime fraud investigation that has led to at least 10 troopers facing jail time and the total dissolution of an entire Troop.
According to CBS News, a total of 46 troopers in all were accused of timesheet "irregularities." Of the remaining 36, 14 troopers had already retired.
Mason said that he will require that every trooper "reimburse the taxpayer dollar for dollar any money paid for hours not worked in addition to a substantive, punitive penalty."
The State Police Association of Massachusetts released a statement saying, "The overwhelming majority of Troopers serve with distinction every day and as an Association we will continue to defend the rights of our members. The pervasive culture of Troop E existed because of a failure of those then in command which impacts every trooper to this day. As public servants, we will work with the current Colonel to close this chapter and move this Department forward with integrity."