WORCESTER – Dana A. Pullman, the former President of the State Police Association of Massachusetts and the union’s former Massachusetts lobbyist, Anne M. Lynch, were arrested on Wednesday on charges of fraud and obstruction of justice.
Pullman, 57, of Worcester, and Lynch, 68, of Hull, were charged in a criminal complaint with wire fraud, honest services wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and honest services wire fraud and obstruction of justice.
Pullman and Lynch will appear at 1:00 PM today in federal court in Boston.
According to the U.S. Dept. of Justice., Pullman, who was an MSP trooper from 1987 to at least 2018, was the President of the State Police Association of Massachusetts [SPAM] from 2012 until his resignation on Sept. 28, 2018.
During that time, Lynch’s lobbying firm represented SPAM in exchange for monthly retainer payments.
From 2012 to Sept. 2018, Pullman, Lynch and others were allegedly involved in a conspiracy to defraud SPAM members and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The conspiracy involved 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.
According to the DOJ, Pullman is also charged with wire fraud in connection with his alleged embezzlement and misuse of SPAM funds for personal use by (1) submitting expense reimbursement checks to SPAM without receipts; (2) circumventing and bypassing SPAM’s governing Executive Board; and (3) using a debit card tied to a SPAM bank account. Specifically, Pullman used the SPAM 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.
The Massachusetts State Police today released the statement below regarding the United States Attorney’s criminal complaint charging former union president Dana Pullman and a lobbyist with fraud-related offenses. pic.twitter.com/tUYUw9kNFb
— Mass State Police (@MassStatePolice) August 21, 2019
The charges of fraud and conspiracy each provide for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss, whichever is greater. The charge of obstruction of justice provides for a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
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