Trooper to change plea in overtime padding case

BURLINGTON — The Vermont State Police trooper charged with padding his time sheets is planning to withdraw his not-guilty plea.
The Burlington Free Press reports (http://bfpne.ws/UYmv6d) there’s a plea agreement in the works for former Sgt. Jim Deeghan, a former state police patrol commander in Chittenden County. A change-of-plea hearing is scheduled for Monday morning in Vermont Superior Court in Burlington.
Details of the plea agreement were not made public Wednesday. Prosecutors and Deeghan’s lawyer have been meeting at the courthouse at a judge’s office.
Deeghan resigned in July. He had pleaded not guilty to two felony charges that he claimed 63 hours of overtime in June that he didn’t work.
Investigators believed Deeghan overcharged almost $140,000 from Dec. 21, 2008 to July 14, 2012.

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