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Dighton police chief to resign 3 months after being charged for alleged insider buying and selling


Shawn Cronin is accused of illegally buying and selling a pharmaceutical firm’s shares with information of an acquisition that hadn’t been made public.

Dighton Police Chief Shawn Cronin will resign on the finish of September. LinkedIn

Dighton Police Chief Shawn Cronin, who’s going through fees associated to alleged insider buying and selling, intends to resign on the finish of September, in line with Dighton’s Choose Board chairman.

Cronin’s resignation comes about three months after the board voted unanimously to put the then-43-year-old on administrative depart in response to a U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace asserting fees towards him. 

Cronin instructed the choose board his resignation will go into impact Saturday, Sept. 30, the choose board mentioned in a press launch Monday.

“On behalf of the group, the Board want to thank Chief Cronin for his devoted service to the Police Division, the City, and its residents,” the choose board mentioned within the launch. 

The choose board didn’t say within the launch who will turn into the city’s new police chief, however once they put Cronin on depart in June, they named Administrative Sgt. George Nichols appearing chief. 

The U.S. Lawyer for the Southern District of New York’s Workplace alleges that Cronin and 4 of his associates made greater than $2.2 million by illegally buying and selling drug firm Portola Prescription drugs’ shares.

One in all Cronin’s childhood associates, Dighton Reserve Police Officer Joseph Dupont, was previously a vice chairman at Boston-based drug firm Alexion Prescription drugs, the usAttorney’s Workplace mentioned beforehand. Dupont knew that Alexion would purchase Portola in 2020, and allegedly shared that data with Cronin earlier than it was made public. 

The Dighton Choose Board suspended the then-44-year-old reserve officer in June once they positioned Cronin on depart.

Cronin, Dupont, and their associates are going through a number of counts of fraud. Every rely carries a most sentence of at the very least 20 years in jail. Cronin had served as Dighton’s police chief for practically a 12 months when the fees have been introduced.

In August, Massachusetts’ police requirements fee introduced that it had added Cronin to its suspended officers listing. The fee is required to droop any officers charged with a felony.