The Poster Boy for Abuse of Authority,
Ethical Misconduct and Conflicts of Interest
Candidate for Sheriff Claims to be Crusader in War Against Drug Addiction, but Profits Million$ off Opioid Epidemic
Plymouth Police Sergeant Scott M. Vecchi, a self-proclaimed crusader in the war against the devastating opiate/opioid epidemic, is now also a declared candidate for Plymouth County Sheriff. Vecchi acquired a Taxi and Livery service company in 2009 and still owns it jointly with his wife, operating out of Plymouth. According to Scott Vecchi's political website under "About Scott" it says:

"As a Police Sergeant Scott experiences firsthand the tragic opiate epidemic that is upon us, and combats it at the street level on a daily basis."

In actuality, however, as a law enforcement officer Scott Vecchi has profiteered from the opioid epidemic to the tune of more than $2.3 million dollars, providing transportation services for opioid addicts who receive daily methadone treatments at great taxpayer expense.
According to the "Scott M. Vecchi, Esq. LinkedIn" website, he lists one of his business accomplishments as follows:

Plimoth Transportation, Inc.
September 2009- February 2014 (4 years 6 months)

Plimoth Transportation provides Taxi and Livery services in the Plymouth MA area

Mayflower Taxi is the DBA (doing business as) name for 24 Hr Taxi services in the Plymouth area

Plimoth Transportation Inc. the parent company of Mayflower Taxi provides Livery services ... and contract medical transportation on a pre arranged basis.

According to the Secretary of State's Office, Corporations Division, Scott M. Vecchi of Gunners Exchange Road, Plymouth, Massachusetts was listed as the Owner and President of Plimoth Transportation, Inc., doing business at 130 Camelot Drive, #19 Plymouth, MA. In February of 2014 Vecchi put Plimoth Transportation in his wife's name, listing her as owner and president, though the change was legally a rather pointless gesture as he still retained ownership of the business as a jointly held marital asset.
Coincidentally, 2014 was the same year Mr. Vecchi decided to run for the second time for Plymouth County Commissioner (this time as a registered Democrat), for which he was required to file a Statement of Financial Interest (SFl) with the Massachusetts State Ethics Commission upon filing his signature papers with the Office of the Secretary of State in May of that year (MGL c. 268B, s. 5(a». That timing also happened to coincide with the auditing of several state agencies scrutinizing government payments made to certain state contract vendors including transportation providers receiving monies from Medicaid through MassHealth. The question arises therefore, whether Vecchi removed his name as president of Plimoth Transportation in order to avoid possible scrutiny of his financial and business interests while running for public office. There is also the possibility that Vecchi shrewdly sought to take financial advantage of government contract preferences that are now given to minority and women owned businesses.
Medicaid funds hundreds of millions of dollars in benefits administered annually through MassHealth and Regional Transit Authorities (RTAs) that provide nonemergency transportation services for substance abuse patients in opiate treatment programs, including daily rides to suboxone® and methadone treatment centers. Plimoth Transportation, Inc., also doing business as Mayflower Taxi (hereinafter simply referred to as Plimoth Transportation), is one of those state contract vendors that provides transportation services paid for by Medicaid through MassHealth and RTAs including the Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional [Transit] Authority (GATRA), and the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority (CCRTA).
Between August 27, 2010 and August 28, 2015, Medicaid, through MassHealth and Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional [Transit] Authority (GATRA) paid Plimoth Transportation one million six hundred and ninety-four thousand seven hundred thirty-six 40/100 ($1,694,736.40) dollars, most of which was for non-emergency opioid addiction treatment related transportation services (see 2 page GATRA vendor payment report marked "A").
Meanwhile, between September 30,2011 and March 30, 2016, Medicaid, through MassHealth and Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority (CCRTA) paid Plimoth Transportation, six hundred forty thousand five hundred thirty-five 09/100 ($640,535.09) dollars for similar services (see 4 page CCRTA vendor payment report marked "B").
In one month alone, April of 2014, Plymouth Transportation billed GATRA fifty-two thousand eight hundred eighty-six 22/100 ($52,886.22) dollars, and CCRTA seven thousand three hundred twenty-nine ($7,329.00) dollars, for a total of sixty thousand two hundred fifteen 22/100 ($60,215.22) dollars.
Between August 27, 2010 and March 30, 2016, Medicaid, through MassHealth, GATRA and CCRTA paid Plimoth Transportation a total of two million three hundred fifty-three thousand two hundred seventy-one 40/100 ($2,353,271.40) dollars, mostly for non-emergency opioid addiction treatment related transportation services.
That equals an average of more than twenty-three thousand eight hundred thirty ($23,830.00) dollars per month, or two hundred eighty-five thousand nine hundred fifty ($285,950.00) dollars per year. These figures do not even include hundreds of thousands of dollars that Plimoth Transportation had to have made through regular, non-Medicaid subsidized, private transportation taxi and livery service fares, the full amount of which is not readily available for public disclosure.
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Note: All of the above-mentioned information is available to the public over the internet, or in the form of public records that can be produced in response to requests made pursuant to the Federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 United States Code section 552, and/or the Massachusetts Public Records statute, Massachusetts General Laws chapter 66, section 10, and can be accessed from the following municipal, county and state offices, agencies and authorities: Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority; Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services; Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance; Massachusetts Office of the Secretary of State; Massachusetts State Auditor, Massachusetts State Ethics Commission; the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority; Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional transit Authority; the Suffolk County Superior Court, the Town of Plymouth; and the Plymouth Police Department, among others.
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