Hingham policeman indicted for insurance fraud
Kris Phillips figured prominently in $40,000 anonymous letter probe
HINGHAM POLICE SGT. KRIS PHILLIPS, who figured prominently in a recent police probe of anonymous letters criticizing the current chief, was indicted on Wednesday for alleged insurance fraud.
Phillips, 52, is accused of fabricating an automobile injury on July 17 while working a police detail at the Hingham Shipyard retail complex. According to the Plymouth County District Attorney’s office, Phillips claimed a person backing a car out of a parking spot rolled over his foot, resulting in “significant injuries.” The indictment alleges Phillips misled Hingham police officers responding to the accident, filed a false injury report, and received health insurance coverage fraudulently. He is also accused of perjury in filing a false claim for job benefits.
Phillips has a stormy history in the Hingham Police Department and figured prominently in a recent probe into anonymous letters sent to the Board of Selectmen in April criticizing the work histories of two candidates for police chief, including Glenn Olsson, who was eventually named chief. The police spent $40,000 hiring private investigators to track down the source of the anonymous letters.Matt Hersey, an employee at the town’s Department of Public Works, stepped forward in November to say he wrote the anonymous letters after earlier denying he wrote them. Hersey said he identified himself because he believed the investigation was unfairly targeting Phillips, who claimed no involvement.
Phillips was fired in 2008 after an altercation with a person while working a police detail. He was later rehired after problems were uncovered with his dismissal, and placed in an administrative position with no command authority. Phillips claimed in his interview with the private investigators that backstabbing was commonplace within the department.