A Suffolk County Grand Jury has indicted Massachusetts State Police Trooper Robert A. Forrest, Jr., for allegedly accepting a $50 bribe to falsify vehicle inspection records for a Revere body shop. The State Police Trooper and two men, Bernaldo Hernandez and Kenneth Lafauci, all face criminal Conspiracy and Bribery charges.
The Massachusetts State Police Trooper was assigned to the State Police salvage title section, where he was responsible for inspecting damaged vehicles and confirm that repairs had been done to them without the use of stolen parts. The Suffolk County Grand Jury indictment alleges that he was paid off to skip the inspections and just sign off on paperwork permitting the damaged vehicles to either be sold or allowed back on the road.
Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 268A, Section 3, which governs the Offer or Acceptance of Anything of Substantial Value by Government Employees, states that whoever, being a present government employee, receives anything of substantial value because of any official act or acts within his official responsibility or to influence him in an official act taken, shall be punished by imprisonment in the House of Corrections for up to 2.5 years or in state prison for up to 5 years.
Interestingly with regards to this case, Chapter 268, Section 3(f) defines ‘substantial value’ as not less than $50.
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