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-Team: Trooper Fishing On Taxpayers' Dime
Reporting
Kathy Curran

BOSTON (WBZ) ― A State trooper who claims he is too sick to work is calling in sick to fish and run his side business -- all on taxpayers' dime.

I-team reporter Kathy Curran uncovered how the man of the law is abusing the system.

On the water, Terry Nugent is the captain of his fishing business, Riptide Charters.

On land, he wears the uniform of a trooper for Massachusetts State police, but the I-team discovered on some days when he's supposed to be protecting and serving, he's calling in sick to fish.

"The worse thing of all is when the people cheating are the people who are supposed to protect us from scam artists," said Barbara Anderson with Citizens for Limited Taxations.

Curran logged onto the fishing chatroom "Surftalk" where Trooper Nugent goes by the username Riptide and has written almost 400 posts about his fishing adventures on the waters off the Cape.

On this day, he says "take a day off -- call in sick" because the fishing season is too short. When the I-Team compared days here to his recent payroll records, it found the trooper was taking his own advice.

The I-Team discovered that on May 18, May 25 and June 15 he was out sick and had gone out fishing.

According to his post, on one of those days Trooper Nugent was well enough to run a charter that turned out to be "a killer 1/2 day bass trip."

The day before he was out landing this mahi and hauling in some tuna.

Too sick to show up to work at the Bourne barracks but not to fish.

According to an online post from August 26, 2007, "rippy got a new ride" as in a new boat. The boat was supposed to be delivered the following Wednesday or Thursday. That Wednesday Trooper Nugent called in sick.

"Do you think this is sick time abuse?" Curran asked Jack Greene with Northeastern University.

"I don't think there's any question about it," Greene said.

That's Greene's opinion after looking at Nugent's posts and pay records.
"It creates shortages and overtime," he explained.

Greene is a professor of criminal justice at Northeastern.

"It's supervision, supervision, supervision. The reality is the supervisor should know where his or her direct reports are, and if they're not there, why they're not there," Greene said.

Nugent has taken 30 sick days in the past year and a half. This fishing season eight out of the 11 days he called in sick he was fishing. When the I-Team showed up at Trooper Nugent's house to ask him some questions the "Riptide" was on dry land. After we knocked on the door the shades were pulled.

There is case after case from the beginning of July where Nugent "made the call" for a 14-hour fishing day and made sick calls two days in a row to the middle of the month when "Riptide" was hunting tuna and bailed on work once again.

Barbara Anderson says the citizens of the state who pay Nugent's salary deserve more.

"It's always a problem when someone's cheating," Anderson said. "It's worse when they're cheating on the public dollar."

The I-Team's investigation sparked an internal investigation by State police. In a statement they said they cannot and will not tolerate abuse of any rules or regulations and the department will take appropriate disciplinary action if necessary.

Trooper Nugent is supposed to ask for permission to have a second job. When we asked about that the department had no comment.

State police policy says excessive use, using sick time when the trooper is not sick or a pattern of taking sick days around weekends and holidays are signs of sick leave abuse.

http://wbztv.com/iteam/state.trooper.fishing.2.823298.html
 

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Regardless of how much time he took or if it was right or not, Ch. 4 and WBZ (both outlets I have respect for...AS A RULE) are beating this to death as if the Trooper were out working as a pimp on his sick time. Wrong, sure, partly because he was dumb enough to do it so damned often it brought attention, but sheesh, he was working a fishing boat, not selling drugs or boosting stolen goods. COME ON!

I swear they made less out of the attempt on the life of Ronnie Reagan than this foolishness. FIND SOME REAL NEWS YOU CLOWNS!
 

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All of us in the public sector need to be more aware of what we do, with the economy taking a downward turn the media is looking for a scape goat, and public sector employees are the biggest target out there.

The pols are looking to balance the budget on our backs. You and I know that a few sickdays don't make a big difference in the overall budget, but it makes for sensational media coverage
 

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I am reminded of the saying "Sick time use does not equal sick time abuse" however that being said, show some discretion. Someone dimed this guy out, probably rubbing it in the wrong person's face.
 

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Since I have no doubt that multiple media sources are looking for ANY story that has to do with police officers my opinion is this: There are over 2000 troopers in Mass. and I don't know how many muni. officers. The best they could come up with was one trooper who used eight days of sick time to go fishing....Come on get real thats not even news! There has to be a better story then this...Oh yeah thats right any story is blown up if it involves a police officer.
 

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This burns my ass. Who gives a rats ass what the Trooper does with HIS sick time. He's earned it and not to mention it was negotiated by his union with the great state. Law enforcement jobs are very stressful so if he wants to burn HIS sick time by fishing then so be it. nothing but haters out there.
 

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A Trooper bangs out sick to go fishing? This is the story of the century? Good job there; Edward R. Murrow would be proud, you f*cking hacks.
 
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A Trooper bangs out sick to go fishing? This is the story of the century? Good job there; Edward R. Murrow would be proud, you f*cking hacks.
It's called "piling on"; the wastes in the media think they smell blood in the water over the detail brouhaha. Next will be a hidden camera that "catches" a cop not checking the lights & siren on the cruiser before leaving the station parking lot.

That begs the question; what is the media and the public looking to accomplish? To further infuriate every man & woman who wears a badge in Massachusetts?

As I've said more than once here; be very careful what you wish for, because you may well get it.
 

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You know, I see these newspaper delivery trucks absolutely flying around towns and bombing down the highway. Shit, I'm having trouble typing this my hand is getting so excited.

Extra! Extra! Read all about it!
35 means 35.
55 means 55.
Watch those speedometer while you're delivering papers.
This isn't a threat; just a concerned citizen trying to keep you guys alive. :twisted:
 

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Howie Carr gets into the act

Statie cruising on your dime, but not in a cruiser

By Howie Carr
Wednesday, September 24, 2008



Photo by screenshot
Screen shot from Capt. Terry's Riptide Charters website. (Riptide Charters screenshot)

Happy Birthday, Mass. State Trooper Terry Nugent!
The pride of Troop D turns 37 today, and for his present he gets to be this week's poster boy for the Vote Yes on Question 1 campaign to abolish the state income tax.
According to the I-Team on Channel 4, Nugent has been running a charter-fishing business, while working out of the Bourne barracks. Base pay in 2007: $70,794.60.
With overtime etc.: $84,591.
Only problem is, the trooper can't stop posting about his adventures - on the open sea, not Route 6. And according to Ch. 4, it appears that on some of the days he was "gone fishing," he was also calling in sick.
Here is his defense, as posted on stripersonline.com yesterday morning:
"First I'd like to say that all of this has stemmed from an ANONYMOUS complaint letter . . . The complainant chose to hide their identity."
Yep, that's what "ANONYMOUS" usually means. But why would anyone want his name attached to a dime-drop on a guy with a badge and a gun?
"They found a couple of instances where I had taken sick leave or family sick leave and I had fishing reports posted for the following day."
And those suspicious bleepity-bleeps immediately jumped to their own damn conclusions. Did I mention Riptide Charter's rates? A half-day inshore for bass and bluefish is $600, a full day $900. Canyon trips, which run 14 to 18 hours, will run you $1,950. He's also available for "Speaking Engagements."
How much would it cost to book Trooper Nugent for "How Great Is It To Have a State Job!"
"At this point IA (Internal Affairs) has not found grounds to charge me with any wrongdoing."
What a surprise. As Juvenal once said, "Who will guard the guards themselves?"
In the old days, it would have taken a lot of time to bag someone like Trooper Nugent. You'd need a Deep Throat down on the docks. Then you'd have to stake out his berth with a camera crew, and bag him coming off the boat, all the while hoping like hell that he'd phoned in sick, instead of taking a vacation day off.
Now, though, with the Internet, the guy hangs himself. On Aug. 25, 2007, he happily posted a note about his new boat under "Rippy Got a New Ride." It's a real beauty - "the new Contender 33T!!!"
Delivery was scheduled for the next Wednesday or Thursday. Ch. 4 reports that he banged in sick the following Wednesday.
According to his payroll records, Nugent called in sick May 18, May 25 and June 15, and then went fishing, according to his postings, which he assured us yesterday are always factual because "I have always believed that being honest with my reports was a major factor in building a successful business."
Yes, Trooper, we can all agree, honesty is the best policy. Like on June 15, when you called in sick, and advised your angler pals, "Take a day off-call in sick."
The problem is, if you have a job in the Dreaded Private Sector, you can get fired for doing that. Probably won't, in most cases, but you are at risk. Most people in the DPS don't have a powerful union covering their backs at every turn.
"It would seem that my honesty in posting details of my daily agenda may in turn be the lynchpin (sic) in this situation."
No, Trooper, no one is questioning whether you were honest with your buddies, and potential customers, at stripersonline.com. The question is, were you honest with the MSP brass, and the taxpayers who paid for your, ahem, sick days, and for the OT to whoever had to replace you on the Cape.
Every week, there's at least one or two more excellent examples of why you need to vote yes on Question 1, to abolish the 5.3 percent Mass. state income tax. Last week it was the no-shows at the T, one of whom is the brother of a former judge and state rep. Before that, it was the sticky-fingered Mass Pike toll takers, and the T thief at Kenmore Station, and the Boston firefighter who claimed he was unable to work because of an injury yet could still take part in body-building contests.
This is how they're squandering your money in the hackerama. They're not spending it "for the children," they're spending it on themselves. And guess what - chances are, they're make a lot more money than you do for a lot less work, and behind the "job" comes the 80 percent pension, not to mention the health care.
Happy Birthday, Trooper Nugent. Is that a day off too under your contract?

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I was thinking that Deval and posse probably spent more on room-service on their trip to China than it cost for one trooper to take eight sick days. I do not know about other officers but I have already started with a new public relations campaign. I switched from 80/20 warnings to money to 90/10 envelopes to smiles!
 

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This is just the tip of the iceberg. If details are elimnated or even cut back there will be a lot more Trooopers and local officers working a second job. That job will then take the priority over the "full-time" job, just like with the FD now
 

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What most people do not understand with Police work is that if you are not 100% mentally focused when you walk out the front door, you just may never walk back through it ever again.
Is sick leave only to be used when someone has a fever, head cold, sore throat, etc? Most would say those are valid reasons for sick leave. I believe mental state belongs in with those other symptoms I listed. Not only can you get hurt, but fellow Officers can too because the lack of focus.

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guys at any rate it's not a good idea to call in sick and blog about what a great day fishing you had. We all know what happened to one of our members when the ledger grabbed words off this site and printed them. What I question also with the troopers case is who droped the dime on him.
 

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What I question also with the troopers case is who droped the dime on him.
Some rat bastard, it always is. No matter where you work there is at least one. You know the kind, always kissing the LT's or SGT's ass.
 

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Awhile back a northshore officer was heading out of Logan for a ski trip and was interviewed, on camera, by one of the local news stations. I guess it hit the 11oclock and it was seen. That guy, I understand, was on a sick day and took a hit for his 30sec. of fame. Lesson learned CYA
 

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guys at any rate it's not a good idea to call in sick and blog about what a great day fishing you had. We all know what happened to one of our members when the ledger grabbed words off this site and printed them. What I question also with the troopers case is who droped the dime on him.
It is alleged that there are several retired/current Troopers in that area with less successful charter businesses.

Draw your own conclusions.

FYI, the Trooper doesn't even work days, so he was calling in sick on a night shift the day before his trips...
 
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