Massachusetts Cop Convicted of Tax Embezzlement Reports to Federal Prison

Massachusetts – A former Whitman police sergeant who pleaded guilty last year to tax embezzlement charges reported to federal prison in Ayer late Thursday night.

Glenn Paul Pearson, 62, reported to the Devens Federal Medical Center, according to the online U.S. Bureau of Prisons database. Pearson is listed as inmate No. 99722-038.

Pearson wasn’t listed as in custody of the Bureau of Prisons until close to midnight Thursday.

The Devens Federal Medical Center, which is located in Worcester County, houses male inmates who require specialized or long-term medical or mental health care.

Pearson pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Boston last May to wire fraud, preparing false income tax returns for clients of his tax preparation business, obstructing the Internal Revenue laws and misappropriating funds from the accounts of disabled veterans while he was a fiduciary appointed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Last November, Pearson was sentenced to serve 48 months in federal prison. He was ordered to self-report to prison on Jan. 10. But his attorney won him a two-month reprieve from starting his sentence so he could train someone to take over his insurance business, CHC Insurance Agency.

Pearson, just days before going to prison, was accused last week of insurance fraud. One of his clients at CHC, a Brockton woman, was in a crash in mid-February and learned she didn’t have insurance through National General, despite receiving a policy from Pearson and paying him $210 each month since September.

Brockton police, as of Friday morning, have taken out four criminal complaints against Pearson — four counts of fraud by an insurance agent or broker and three counts of larceny over $250. He will face a clerk-magistrate’s hearing at a later date to determine if criminal charges are issued. Weymouth police also told The Enterprise that they anticipate filing charges against Pearson as one of the victims lives in their town.

The victims of the apparent insurance scam claim they’ve been paying Pearson and CHC money each month for auto insurance, but they recently found out they had no policy with their respective companies.

The federal conviction was a result of Pearson embezzling more than $250,000 in VA-issued benefit money from the accounts of eight disabled veterans from 2007 to 2012.

In addition to the four-year prison sentence, he was ordered by U.S. District Judge Patti B. Saris to pay restitution to the VA of $252,992, restitution to the IRS of $826,865 and serve three years of supervised release.

Pearson, a former Whitman police sergeant of a dozen years who was fired in 2001 for misconduct, is set to be released from the Devens prison on Aug. 23, 2021, according to inmate records. That potential release date indicates he could be released before his full four-year sentence.