State Trooper Denies Padding Time Sheets

07/13/12 5:04PM

A 22-year veteran of the Vermont State Police - who resigned after possible time-sheet fraud - is facing charges.

Sergeant Jim Deeghan of Colchester pleaded not guilty Friday to two counts of false swearing.

Prosecutor T.J. Donovan called it a "crime of opportunity," saying Deeghan reported responding to two car crashes and a false alarm but none of the incidents happened.

Last year, Deeghan was paid about $136,000 - about $56,000 more than his base pay - although a trooper can typically expect to make about $30,000 in overtime a year.

Governor Peter Shumlin said this week that a criminal investigation is under way into Deeghan's alleged actions, as well as an audit to determine if there is a pattern of activity in other areas of the state police.

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