A former president of the Massachusetts State Police Union was arrested on Wednesday after "misappropriating and misusing" the organization's funds by buying over $ 4,000 flowers for his lover and bankrupting a trip to Miami Beach – among other hefty expenses , federal prosecutors say.
The FBI, working with the IRS Criminal Investigation Division, took Dana Pullman and Ann Lynch, a lobbyist representing the Massachusetts State Police Association, into custody early in the morning at their Worcester and Hull homes, according to a Bureau statement. They are now facing charges of conspiracy and obstruction.
"As president of the Massachusetts State Police Association, we believe Dana Pullman ruled the union a criminal enterprise, managing it as the head of an old-school mobster who conspired with Anne Lynch to steal tens of thousands of dollars from its members and from its members , ” FBI Special Agent in Time, Joseph Bonavolonta stated. "In pursuit of their schemes, they went through a thin blue line to commit crimes."
A complaint sealed Wednesday in Massachusetts District Court stated that "the investigation revealed that at least since 2012 and continues until Pullman's resignation … Pullman, Lynch and others participated in fraud scheme and conspiracy. membership and community of their right to honest services by Pullman through fraud and fraud, including Pullman's receipt of illegal bribes and refusals by Lynch and the lobbying firm. “
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Complaint based on documents, witnesses, witnesses that Pullman "frequently misappropriated and abused" Union funds, collecting over $ 20,000 in fees from the organization's debit card and receiving "frequent SPAM recovery checks not backed by receipts."
Investigators say Pullman Spent:
- $ 9,300 for flower baskets and gifts for the family and friends unrelated to union business, including more than $ 4,400 "for flowers and gifts for an individual with whom Pullman had a romantic relationship."
- $ 8,000 for dining with that individual at restaurants in the Boston area, as well as food with family members near his home
- More than $ 3,000 in a "personal escape" with that person to Miami Beach, Florida.
- $ 2,000 in iTunes fees, among other expenses  Pullman joined the Massachusetts State Police in 1987 and served as Union Director from 2012 until his resignation in September 2018, it is said in the complaint.
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It adds that in July 2018, federal authorities began investigating Pullman and blamed him and Lynch for trying to thwart agents' efforts.
When the treasurer of the union "made records of expenditures …" Pullman suggested to the cashier that he should incorrectly tell federal investigators that SPAM had an internal policy to destroy cost recovery records after one year  The complaint also alleges that Lynch, in an interview with FBI investigators, "falsely denies that he made payments to either Pullman or his spouse from her personal account or from the lobbying firm's business account."
Pullman's lawyer, in a statement to WCVB, said his clio was intends to categorically and vigorously deny the allegations.
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"He disputes that any payment from Anne Lynch was bribery or kickback," said lawyer Martin Weinberg. "They were sight checks. His transactions do not contravene his loyalty to the union or its obligations.
Pullman and Lynch are expected to appear in court later today.