Two retired officers agreed to plead guilty on Monday in connection with the ongoing investigation of overtime abuse at the Massachusetts State Police.

Retired Troopers David Wilson, 58, of Charlton, and Daren DeJong, 57, of Uxbridge, both agreed to plead guilty pursuant to plea agreements filed Monday. Wilson and DeJong were arrested and charged on June 27, 2018, and July 25, 2018, respectively, with embezzlement from an agency receiving federal funds.

A date for the plea hearings has not yet been scheduled.

In addition, Heath McAuliffe, 40, of Hopkinton, was arrested Monday morning and charged in a criminal complaint with embezzlement from an agency receiving federal funds. McAuliffe will appear in federal court in Boston on Monday.

Trooper McAuliffe earned $164,680 in 2016, including approximately $60,908 in overtime, and earned $180,215 in 2015, including approximately $83,496 in overtime.  According to court documents, between Aug. 1, 2015, and Aug. 31, 2016, McAuliffe was paid $9,825 for AIRE overtime hours that he did not work.

In 2016, Wilson, a lieutenant, earned approximately $259,475, which included approximately $102,062 in overtime pay. Wilson has agreed to plead guilty to having been paid $12,450 for overtime hours that he did not work. Pursuant to the plea agreement, the government will recommend a sentence of between six months and 12 months of incarceration.

In 2016, DeJong earned $200,416, which included approximately $68,394 in overtime pay. DeJong has agreed to plead guilty to having been paid $14,062.50 for overtime hours that he did not work. Pursuant to a plea agreement, the government will recommend a sentence of between six months and 12 months of incarceration.

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