Criminal Law Keyed to Lee
Commonwealth v. Mills
Mills worked for the Boston Police Department and when he retired he proceeded to apply and receive disability pension due to being diagnosed with a heart disease. In order to qualify to receive the full pension Mills was required to sign a document under penalty of perjury, which stated that Mills earned income below a specific threshold. Mills created a private-investigation firm,which appointed counsel for indigent defendant. Mills billed the city for the services he performed, but under reported the amount of income he was earning to qualify for his full disability income. Mills was convicted on multiple charges of larceny, larceny by false pretenses, and embezzlement. Mills appealed arguing filing false earning reports did not constitute theft.
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