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Annals of service: Mass. Natl Guard colonel/Boston police officer retires in lieu of criminal investigation, and more!

Some people just know how to work the system, I guess.

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Some people just know how to work the system, I guess. Boston police Lt. Robert Dwan was paid some $266,000 by the PD in 2014. He also was a colonel in the Massachusetts National Guard. This article says that in lieu of a criminal investigation, he has agreed to retire and pay back some of the money.

Dwan also had some sort of scuffle with the PD back in the ‘90s, involving the beating of a black undercover officer. I read some of the clips but couldn’t make out just what role he played.

In other news, an Army lieutenant colonel in Korea was convicted of larceny and fraud. Surprisingly light sentence: Give back the $200,000 or do two years. Do civilian thieves get these sort of give-it-back or do-the-time deals?

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Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. @tomricks1

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