Three Delaware troopers falsified OT records

Three former State troopers have pled guilty to falsifying overtime records over a four-month period.

Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden’s office released details of the case in which the three troopers lied to get more overtime pay.  All three troopers, Master Corporal Valerie Robinson Palacio, Sergeant Michael Whaley, and Sergeant Lance Willey retired from the State Police earlier this month.  

Investigators found that the troopers were falsifying records in a number of ways while performing patient transfers between November 2010 and February 2011.  Sometimes, they would file overtime slips that stated two troopers performed the transport, when in fact only one trooper took part.  Other times, overtime forms were filed indicating that multiple trips were made with individual patients, when in fact, two patients had been taken at the same time.

As part of a plea deal, all three troopers had to repay the money they got for overtime work during the four month period.  Palacio had to pay back $932.95, Whaley paid back $2,187.11, and Willey paid back $789.12.  All three also face fines, have forfeited their police certification, and agreed not to be employed as law enforcement officers in Delaware.

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