It used to be that it was criminals who were bribing cops to look the other way as they ran their racketeering enterprises.
Now, if you believe what the feds said in Wednesday’s criminal complaint about the state troopers’ union, it’s the cops who have been paying for protection to loot, plunder and steal.
At the press conference announcing the indictment of Dana Pullman, the blubbery ex-boss of the State Police Association of Massachusetts (SPAM), an FBI agent said:
“As president of SPAM, we believe Pullman wielded the union like a criminal enterprise, running it like an old-school mob boss.”
Speaking of old-school mob bosses, Whitey Bulger used to say, referring to payoffs, “Christmas is for cops and kids.” Now it’s for cops, kids — and pols.
This is just the latest scandal to roil Gov. Baker’s pet police force. Consider the ongoing embezzlement scandal that’s led to at least eight felony convictions of state cops, with 38 more bent cops implicated — such a serious scandal that the MSP abruptly destroyed all the pre-2016 payroll records before the G-men wiped out the entire MSP.
Andrew Lelling, the U.S. attorney, said Wednesday: “Pullman essentially took money from the pockets of fellow State Police.”
In other words, the head crook cop was stealing from his fellow jackbooted robbers on the job.
Is there no honor among thieves?
Not, apparently, in the Mass. State Police.
Check out the photo of the capo of this latest MSP racketeering enterprise — Pullman bears more than a passing resemblance to Jabba the Hut. Yet according to the feds’ criminal complaint, Mr. Big was quite the Lothario — his wife was laundering kickbacks from the indicted lobbyist, while Pullman was jetting off to a Miami Beach love nest with “Individual No. 1” and spending $150 on caviar alone at a single $468 lunch at Marea, a high-end joint on Central Park South.
Marea, by the way, is Italian for “tide.” I think it’s safe to say it’s now low tide for this latest state police grift.
The State House politicians loved SPAM because of all the money the executive board was duking them. Playing whipout with the cash was no problem for the notoriously cheap troopers, because, according to the feds, “PULLMAN at times encouraged members of the E-Board to submit (false) mileage expense reports to cover … political contributions they were expected to make.”
Tens of thousands, in fact, to assorted pols in leadership, and of course Tall Deval and his lieutenant governor, Karyn Polito. The SPAM leadership took care of all the usual suspects — every Senate president back to Tom Birmingham, convicted felons, unindicted co-conspirators, hacks who became lobbyists (Mike Costello), assorted Timilitys, mostly ex-Sen. Jim, Governor’s Councilor Jen Caissie, two-fisted boozers like Brian Dempsey and Anthony Galluccio, disgraced ex-Lt. Gov. Tim “Crash” Murray — in short, every shady, dodgy, unemployable hack the union needed to keep its own rotten scams going.
Let’s look at some numbers from the Office of Campaign and Political Finance, starting with the indicted lobbyist, Anne Lynch.
She contributed more than $75,000 to assorted hacks, two of whom committed suicide during scandals (Sen. Brian Joyce of Milton, Middlesex High Sheriff James DiPaola).
Like Lynch, Loverboy Dana Pullman was a registered lobbyist, meaning he couldn’t give more than $200 to any hack per calendar year. But he still managed to hand out $33,875 in 177 different payouts.
His scorned-woman wife, Melissa — she gave $10,800 to politicians in 32 different payments.
Tim Babbin, former SPAM vice president — 101 contributions to assorted pols for $25,125.
Andrew Daly, the union’s ex-treasurer, who according to the criminal complaint tried to stop Pullman’s crime spree — $31,725 in contributions. (By the way, he’s from Holden — Worcester County, same place as the Pullmans, Polito, the Bibauds, Crash Murray, et al.)
Ed Hunter, SPAM secretary — 166 contributions, $41,300.
This is all public record — open and gross hackery.
Don’t state troopers have to pass a physical every year? And qualify on the gun range? How long has it been since Pullman took either test? I’m told that if a statie is placed on no-duty status, he loses the use of a state police cruiser.
Oddly, in November 2017, Pullman spent $21,371 as a down payment on the lease of a new Chevrolet Suburban SUV “without the approval or knowledge of the E-board.”
We’re pretty sure much of this was common knowledge, up to and including ex-Col. Richard McKeon, who was not, to put it mildly, a big fan of Pullman, the Gangster of Love.
I wonder what McKeon told Dan Bennett, then the secretary of Public Safety (and another Worcester hack), and I also wonder what Bennett told Tall Deval.
I can already hear Tall Deval answering reporters’ questions about this latest scandal on his watch. Somebody cue the Sgt. Schultz sound:
“I know noooooooothhing!”
(Check out Howie’s latest podcast on the Kennedy family at howiecarrshow.com)
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