Federal prosecutors charged today that after Thomas Nee lost re-election as president of the Boston police union, he joined a scheme at the BPD evidence warehouse in Hyde Park to put in for overtime for which he didn't work.
Nee, 64 and now retired, today became the 15th BPD employee to be charged as part of the Hyde Park overtime scheme, from officers to the captain in charge of the warehouse. Charges began in 2019, when nine were indicted.
Nee was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit theft concerning programs receiving federal funds and one count of embezzlement from an agency receiving federal funds, the US Attorney's office reports.
At the same time he was formally charged in federal court today, Nee submitted an agreement to plead guilty. A hearing on the agreement has yet to be set.
According to the US Attorney's office, Nee made roughly $16,642 in overtime for hours he didn't actually work between 2015 and 2019. Nee was president of the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association until December, 2014, when he lost a bid for re-election to Patrick Rose, who was arrested last year on child-rape charges.
As with other officers charged in the affair, the amount Nee earned in allegedly bogus overtime was a small fraction of his regular earnings. In 2020, his last year full time on the force, he earned $228,243.42 according to city records.