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Boston Cop Accused Of Trying To Launder Bank Robbery Money At Casino

Veteran Officer Allegedly Put Money Through Slot Machines

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A veteran Boston police officer has been indicted for allegedly trying to launder money at the state’s only casino.

A Suffolk County Grand Jury indicted Joseph Nee, 44, on the charges of larceny over $250 and money laundering. He allegedly stole money from the police department’s evidence room and attempted to launder while playing slots at Plainridge Park Casino.

According to a statement from the Office of Attorney General Maura Healey, Nee will be arraigned on the charges in Suffolk Superior Court on Oct. 30.

The indictment said that in January 2017 Nee stole about $2,000 from the file of a closed bank robbery case. The stolen money was identified by the traces of red dye left from an anti-theft dye pack that discharged during the bank robbery.

Authorities identified the alleged theft when Nee fed some of the stolen cash into slot machines. He then allegedly redeemed the stolen money at a kiosk at Plainridge Park for cash that wasn’t tainted with red dye. Plainridge Park, located about 40 miles from Boston, “fully cooperated with the investigation,” according to the attorney general’s statement.

According to a report from the Boston Globe, Nee has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of the criminal case. He was working in the evidence management unit.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission said through a spokesperson that the state has "zero tolerance for activity that compromises the integrity of the state’s gaming industry.” The Boston area is set to have its own casino when Wynn Boston Harbor opens for business in 2019.