The former president of the State Police Association of Massachusetts and the union’s former Massachusetts lobbyist face criminal charges after they defrauded union members and the state, according to federal authorities.
Dana Pullman, 57, of Worcester and Anne Lynch, 68, of Hull have been charged with wire fraud, honest services wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and obstruction of justice.
Both Pullman and Lynch appeared in federal court in Boston on the charges on Wednesday of last week. They were both released on $25,000 unsecured bonds and issued travel restrictions while the criminal case is pending.
The State Police Association of Massachusetts is an association consisting of more than 1,500 troopers and sergeants from the Massachusetts State Police. The association acted as the exclusive bargaining agent between its members and the state regarding the terms and conditions of union members’ employment, according to a statement released by the federal Department of Justice.
Pullman, who was a state trooper from 1987 to at least 2018, was union president from 2012 until his resignation on Sept. 28, 2018. Lynch’s lobbying firm represented the state police union during the same period, in exchange for monthly retainer payments.
From at least 2012 until Pullman resigned, Pullman, Lynch and others were involved in a conspiracy to defraud union members and "the Commonwealth of Massachusetts of their right to honest services from Pullman through fraud and deceit," according to a statement released last week by the Department of Justice.
"This included illegal bribes and kickbacks that Pullman received from Lynch and her firm. Pullman, Lynch and others were also allegedly involved in a scheme to defraud two different companies that sought to do business with the Commonwealth," the statement reads.
The state police union paid a $7,000-per-month lobbying fee from 2008 to 2018 and another $2,500 per month to the firm starting in 2016 for public relations work, according to the criminal complaint.
Pullman is also charged with wire fraud in connection with his alleged embezzlement and misuse of union funds for personal use by submitting expense reimbursement checks to the union without receipts, circumventing and bypassing the union's executive board, and using a debit card tied to a union bank account, according to the statement.
He encouraged members of the union's executive board to falsify and submit expense reports "in order to cover other uncompensated expenses including political contributions they were expected to make," according to the criminal complaint.
Pullman used the union debit card "to pay for thousands of dollars of meals, flowers, travel, and gifts for an individual with whom Pullman was having a romantic relationship," according to the statement.
The criminal complaint indicates Pullman used the union debit card to buy $9,300 in flowers and gifts baskets for family and friends, and $4,400 in flowers and gifts for a person he was having a romantic relationship with.
He also used the union debit card to pay for a $468 lunch in New York, which included $150 in caviar, other meals, airline flights and $2,113 to the Palms Hotel in Miami, for a personal gateway with his romantic partner "that Pullman falsely claimed" was related to a national trooper's meeting, according to the criminal complaint.
Pullman is also accused of leasing a 2017 Chevrolet Suburban valued at $75,760 and using two checks from the union's account totaling $21,371 as a down payment, according to federal records.
Pullman denies the charges, his lawyer said.
The arrests aren't related to the overtime abuse scheme that has shaken the State Police. Pullman has been a vocal defender of the dozens of current and former troopers charged in that case.
He resigned from his union post and the state police last September, citing personal reasons.
The charges of fraud and conspiracy each call for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss, whichever is greater. The charge of obstruction of justice calls for a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.
The current leader of the state police, Col. Kerry Gilpin, issued a statement last week saying she "and her command staff demand and expect that department members follow the law and department policy in all aspects of their professional and personal lives, including union activities."
"The conduct as alleged in the criminal complaint represents serious offenses and violates the ideals and values of the Massachusetts State Police,'' Gilpin said. "The department has cooperated and will continue to cooperate with the United States Attorney’s Office and continues to fulfill its mission through the countless troopers who protect our state with dedication, courage, and integrity every day.''