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Shaking My Head

Norton, MA

#1 Jan 14, 2010
When I saw the headline for this article, I thought there would be some "smoking gun." (Pun not intended.)

It was just a rehashing of what has already be reported.

I know other writers here will correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems like Tasca was not liked and the powers that be decided to kick him to the curb for whatever reasons they could design.

OK everyone, fill me in on why I'm wrong.
Darn Tootin from W Newton

Brookline, MA

#2 Jan 14, 2010
Shaking My Head wrote:
When I saw the headline for this article, I thought there would be some "smoking gun." (Pun not intended.)
It was just a rehashing of what has already be reported.
I know other writers here will correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems like Tasca was not liked and the powers that be decided to kick him to the curb for whatever reasons they could design.
OK everyone, fill me in on why I'm wrong.
Yeah, here you go again. Tasca was not out of line at all, and someone just did not like him. And, in your opinion, that's all there is to it.

You have got to be kidding, right? After reading this report, it appears that there was a system in place for recording comp time, back in 2002 when Tasca alledgedly accrued this time. How come his comp time was never known; if there was a system in place for tracking it? And, the story goes on to say that Tasca went into the computer and changed his time from vacation to other/union time. That seems pretty far out of line to me. Especially since the guy was sitting on top of 2000 hours of vacation time!

You cops really do amaze me sometimes. Just about anything goes, in your minds. The depths of your greed and your sense of entitlement is mind boggling.

Thank you, Sentinel & Enterprise, for posting this story. Now, the public knows the true details of how this investigation played out. It sure as hell appears to me that Tasca doesn't have a leg to stand on. So, it is amazing to see the cops and their faithful supporters trying to defend him; and acting like he is the innocent victim.

Are the cops really that clueless, that they feel Tasca did nothing wrong? Or, is it a case where they have had just about limitless paid time off for years; and they don't want the free ride to end? My money is on the the last scenario!
Hank

AOL

#3 Jan 14, 2010
Shaking My Head wrote:
When I saw the headline for this article, I thought there would be some "smoking gun." (Pun not intended.)
It was just a rehashing of what has already be reported.
I know other writers here will correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems like Tasca was not liked and the powers that be decided to kick him to the curb for whatever reasons they could design.
OK everyone, fill me in on why I'm wrong.
Can you read? Wrong is wrong, and Tasca's wrong.
about time

AOL

#5 Jan 14, 2010
Name one business entity, public or private, where an employee keeps track of "time owed" in his/her mind only with no records, tracking or substantiating time sheets or reports.
If he wasn't stealing he must have been about the worst manager in history. If his superiors in the past let him work that angle, they were also equally deficient.
Either way, its a window into a mismanaged operation and this is the first step to fixing it.
It's your tax money.
Tasca Who

Belmont, MA

#6 Jan 14, 2010
Tasca doesn't have a leg to stand on! Cronin stated "not me!" Kearns was like "not me"! Well I guess Tasca you are kicked to the curb by your own buddies!
I thought there was a list of issues investigated? I wouldn't pay Donovan any more than $5,000. He interviewed two people??
I would begin with The Kearns chiefdom and comb the books!Why does Tasca have access to the books?? Who else has access?? It sounds like an extremely sloppy system, unless someone gave him the password!

Tasca stated that "the entire administration has been taking this time for years! I still think there is some truth to what he states.

He seems to be honest about all of his criminal activity; you have to believe him when he stated they have all done it for years! I think Cronin is covering everyone that was employed during his tenure!

It is time to cover up the crime! Again Tasca you will be going to jail unless you have the goods on cronin,kearns and others!!

Tomorrow these guys will be like "Tasca who? Oh yea he worked for the PD, I think I remember him?"

Tasca, I wouldn't count on these guys to visit you or to put money in your prison account!
Closest Federal Pen

Belmont, MA

#7 Jan 14, 2010
Tasca was acting chief in 2001. Cronin,Gallant and Kearns were chiefs from 2002 to 2009.

Do these guys have access to the same computer system that Tasca had? Do just the Chiefs have the password?

How did Tasca obtain this password? Who gave it to him? Did these other guys just file that they were in work during weeks of vacation?

So credit cards and hotel reservations would have to be compared to the books! Breaking through the stone wall!

Tasca, I wouldn't blame Demoura! Cronin and kearns stated they don't know what you are talking about! They didn't take no money!

I am really curious on who has the password into the accounting books?? How many accrued Comp days did Cronin leave with? How many does Kearns have? Start comparing these facts?

Wouldn't dispatchers know who was out on vacation? Maybe they would remember a Kearns Disney trip as it was taken during a certain winter storm?

Tasca , I agree it is strange that they didn't submit reports or sign any documents,reports or payroll during the weeks that they are penciled in the books as working!?? Hmmm!
Not Just Fitchburg

Fitchburg, MA

#8 Jan 14, 2010
The one thing that really bothers me about this whole investigation is that it seems to me that the
Chief didnít like Taska so he called in one of his buddies so he called him in to investigate Taska and only interview cretin people so things would come out the way they did. Think about it, something that people on this blog have failed to point out. Chelmsford, Lowell, and Tewksbury are extremely close and due to their geographical relationship and the fact that that is where Donavan was the police chief and Demora used to work in Lowell and lives in Chelmsford the likelihood that Donavan and Demora knew each other or where friends is highly likley. If that is the case why would Demora bring in one of his friends to do an investigation? I donít know for sure but to me it seems like Demora wanted the investigator to see things his way. Perhaps it was a set up. Now if this is not the case and Taska did do something wrong and the chief got the most qualified person to do the investigation then Iím Fine with that. But, if the chief brought in one of his buddies and just paid him some cash to get him to find what he wanted then thatís wrong and the chief should be disciplined. Either way what Taska did was wrong and he should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.
City guy

Peabody, MA

#9 Jan 14, 2010
Well I think this lays it out even for Tascas last supporters, he stole, it's that simple.

How can he or his free lawyer explain this series of events? They can't.
You cant change facts

Peabody, MA

#10 Jan 14, 2010
How do you defend this Chuckie? How do you defend this Todd? How do you defend this Phil? How do you defend this Chris?
resident

Malden, MA

#11 Jan 14, 2010
nice
The FPD Family ties

Belmont, MA

#12 Jan 14, 2010
Not Just Fitchburg wrote:
The one thing that really bothers me about this whole investigation is that it seems to me that the
Chief didnít like Taska so he called in one of his buddies so he called him in to investigate Taska and only interview cretin people so things would come out the way they did. Think about it, something that people on this blog have failed to point out. Chelmsford, Lowell, and Tewksbury are extremely close and due to their geographical relationship and the fact that that is where Donavan was the police chief and Demora used to work in Lowell and lives in Chelmsford the likelihood that Donavan and Demora knew each other or where friends is highly likley. If that is the case why would Demora bring in one of his friends to do an investigation? I donít know for sure but to me it seems like Demora wanted the investigator to see things his way. Perhaps it was a set up. Now if this is not the case and Taska did do something wrong and the chief got the most qualified person to do the investigation then Iím Fine with that. But, if the chief brought in one of his buddies and just paid him some cash to get him to find what he wanted then thatís wrong and the chief should be disciplined. Either way what Taska did was wrong and he should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.
Just use your scenario and apply it to the FPD! These guys are investigating each other then sharing fun times with each others families at cookouts! They share realestate deals with each other, bowling teams,school committees and hobbies together!
Darn Tootin from W Newton

Brookline, MA

#13 Jan 14, 2010
Tasca Who wrote:
Tasca doesn't have a leg to stand on! Cronin stated "not me!" Kearns was like "not me"! Well I guess Tasca you are kicked to the curb by your own buddies!
I thought there was a list of issues investigated? I wouldn't pay Donovan any more than $5,000. He interviewed two people??
I would begin with The Kearns chiefdom and comb the books!Why does Tasca have access to the books?? Who else has access?? It sounds like an extremely sloppy system, unless someone gave him the password!
Tasca stated that "the entire administration has been taking this time for years! I still think there is some truth to what he states.
He seems to be honest about all of his criminal activity; you have to believe him when he stated they have all done it for years! I think Cronin is covering everyone that was employed during his tenure!
It is time to cover up the crime! Again Tasca you will be going to jail unless you have the goods on cronin,kearns and others!!
Tomorrow these guys will be like "Tasca who? Oh yea he worked for the PD, I think I remember him?"
Tasca, I wouldn't count on these guys to visit you or to put money in your prison account!
I agree that CYA (Cover Your A$$) has most likely kicked in for the others who were interviewed. And, I agree that more likely than not; what Tasca got caught doing was standard fare with the others.
You cant change facts

Peabody, MA

#14 Jan 14, 2010
Not Just Fitchburg wrote:
The one thing that really bothers me about this whole investigation is that it seems to me that the
Chief didnít like Taska so he called in one of his buddies so he called him in to investigate Taska and only interview cretin people so things would come out the way they did. Think about it, something that people on this blog have failed to point out. Chelmsford, Lowell, and Tewksbury are extremely close and due to their geographical relationship and the fact that that is where Donavan was the police chief and Demora used to work in Lowell and lives in Chelmsford the likelihood that Donavan and Demora knew each other or where friends is highly likley. If that is the case why would Demora bring in one of his friends to do an investigation? I donít know for sure but to me it seems like Demora wanted the investigator to see things his way. Perhaps it was a set up. Now if this is not the case and Taska did do something wrong and the chief got the most qualified person to do the investigation then Iím Fine with that. But, if the chief brought in one of his buddies and just paid him some cash to get him to find what he wanted then thatís wrong and the chief should be disciplined. Either way what Taska did was wrong and he should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.
Theft is theft, you can't change the facts!
MadjohnL

Medway, MA

#15 Jan 14, 2010
Was Cpt. Tasca the only one gulty of this or was it "normal" practice for the command staff to create comp time in their minds for use prior to retirement??
No Just Fitchburg

Fitchburg, MA

#16 Jan 14, 2010
The FPD Family ties wrote:
<quoted text>
Just use your scenario and apply it to the FPD! These guys are investigating each other then sharing fun times with each others families at cookouts! They share realestate deals with each other, bowling teams,school committees and hobbies together!
Thatís exactly the problem Kevin! Let me rephrase so you understand. Change is needed in the FPD but what the Chief did was what has always been going on in the FPD call in one of your buddies and they say what you want them to. The question I have is what is the Chief hiding here? Why didnít he search for the most qualified investigator instead of hiring his pal. Taska got caught with his hand in the cookie jar and should be PUNISHED! The rest of the department should be investigated to see if they to misused time off! My question is what is the chief hiding by having his buddy do the investigation. Why wasnít the FBI called in or some other impartial qualified investigator instead of the chief using his friend. I don know maybe its me but it seems like something doesnít seem right here.
Mad John from Birmingham

Medway, MA

#17 Jan 14, 2010
He needed the extra cash(Donovan) for that BBQ!
Maybe it is time

Providence, RI

#18 Jan 14, 2010
to also investigate the records for the other departments in Fitchburg and not just the Police Department. I'm sure there would be some interesting things dug up in every department and office in the city.
Not Just Fitchburg

Fitchburg, MA

#19 Jan 14, 2010
Maybe it is time wrote:
to also investigate the records for the other departments in Fitchburg and not just the Police Department. I'm sure there would be some interesting things dug up in every department and office in the city.
Exactly I'm will to bed a years pay that if you did that what you will find will shock you
Interesting

Waltham, MA

#20 Jan 14, 2010
Not that I'm trying to side here, but Mr Donovan shouldn't have done this investigation considering it has the looks of a conflict of interest. If there was a practice which Cronin ended where is the proof of the said practice and the end date? Was he able to name specific people who entered said time in the system? This whole thing appears to be a he said she said, not one mention of documentation of this policy providing details for where the time was to be kept and no documentation of when Cronin stopped the policy. Oh we can't forget about the witness who was there for the conversation between Tasca and DeMoura she was never interviewed. At best Donovan did elementary school level investigating on this quest. DeMoura perhaps you can cut him a check from your account.
Question Accrual dates

Belmont, MA

#21 Jan 14, 2010
MadjohnL wrote:
Was Cpt. Tasca the only one gulty of this or was it "normal" practice for the command staff to create comp time in their minds for use prior to retirement??
Only a forensic accounting investigation can expose this type of crime. They would be able to cross reference postings with dead time ectt.. For example weeks where they didn't sign to reports. These dead spaces would signify times where the person was out of work. Then you check the books.
They could also check the computers where changes occured such as the Tasca case where he went in and changed the posting. Another method is checking what time they accrued on the books! If they accrued full years of vacation time in any given year, one could then focus on those particular years. Cross refernce credit cards.
These types of crimes are usually hidden. Tasca told on himself and pointed to everyone else! They had the pass words; then add in the clique, where they covered for each other. Someone said something in 2001 about these weeks of comp being illegal so they went into safety mode; they started to "cook the books".
The secret phase of changing postings and accruing "on the books comp" while they still take days off started in 2001! A lot of people will go into cover up mode now and PROTECT. Tasca will become a villian when they comment about him. All the city councilors will change their view and begin to call Tasca a bad apple!

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