T union president indicted for fraud, kickbacks
Prosecutors: Timothy Dockery pocketed cash and tickets
THE PRESIDENT OF an MBTA union is facing charges that he used his position as a buyer for the agency to submit fraudulent invoices that netted him more than $100,000 in cash and kickbacks, according to Attorney General Maura Healey’s office.
Timothy Dockery of Plymouth, an MBTA employee for more than 18 years and the current head of Local 453 of the Office and Professional Employees International Union, was indicted Thursday by a Suffolk County grand jury on three counts each of larceny over $250, conspiracy to commit larceny over $250, receiving illegal gratuities, and one count of procurement fraud.
In addition, William Sheridan, also of Plymouth, who owns several landscaping and construction companies that did in excess of $6.75 million worth of contract work for the T since 2011, was indicted on two counts of procurement fraud.
“The criminal conduct alleged in this indictment by the head of the T’s largest management union is very troubling, and it strengthens our resolve to continue bringing reforms to the organization,” acting General Manager Brian Shortsleeve said in a statement. “There is no evidence to suggest that any other MBTA employees were involved in the alleged wrongdoing.”
According to prosecutors, Dockery, 50, had a deal with one vendor to help him with procurements and projects and, in turn, Dockery received at least $60,000 in kickbacks off contracts worth more than $1.8 million since 2011.
In addition, Dockery allegedly submitted phony invoices totaling $38,000 for money left over in procurement contracts and split the cash with the vendor. The unnamed vendor, who was not indicted, has entered into an agreement with the attorney general’s office to pay back his half of the stolen money, prosecutors said.
In the procurement fraud scheme, prosecutors claim Dockery created fake quotes to make sure Sheridan was the low bidder on a construction supplies contract. Dockery allegedly inflated Sheridan’s bid so that it was just under the fake quote and “created the illusion of a competitive procurement process,” according to the attorney general’s office. Sheridan also allegedly created and submitted fake quotes from other non-existent companies to ensure he was the low-bidder on another contract.
Prosecutors also allege Dockery received more than $30,000 in illegal gratuities from two other unnamed vendors, including high-end sporting event and concert tickets, lunches, and goods for Dockery’s private limousine and coach business.The Inspector General’s office began an investigation into Dockery in 2014 and was joined by the attorney general’s office last June. MBTA officials had also been independently investigating Dockery and cooperated with prosecutors.
Dockery will be arraigned at a yet-to-be determined date.