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Ex-Springfield Police Worker Charged with Larceny

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A former civilian computer administrator for the Springfield Police Department has gone on trial for allegedly getting paid $31,000 in overtime for work he did not do.

The Republican reports that William Mullen is charged with larceny over $250. The Westfield man allegedly took the extra pay between January 2004 and December 2007.

Prosecutors told jurors in Hampden Superior Court on Thursday that one of the 44-year-old Mullen’s tasks was to back up data on the computer. Authorities say Mullen submitted slips for computer backups he never did, and sometimes he never logged onto the computer at all.

Mullen’s lawyer said his client was a hard worker who did whatever his supervisors at the police department told him.

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