The accusations in this case involve an extraordinary level of misconduct — a criminal violation of the law — and I could not be more upset and disappointed. — Col. Matthew T. Birmingham, director of the Vermont State Police
The accusations in this case involve an extraordinary level of misconduct — a criminal violation of the law — and I could not be more upset and disappointed. — Col. Matthew T. Birmingham, director of the Vermont State Police
3 Vermont State Troopers Investigated Over Fake Vaccination Cards
Three Vermont state troopers accused of being involved in a fake Covid-19 vaccination card scheme have resigned amid a federal investigation, the authorities said.

The troopers, Shawn Sommers, Raymond Witkowski and David Pfindel, were suspected of having “varying roles” in the production of fraudulent coronavirus vaccine cards, the Vermont State Police said in a news release on Tuesday.

Mr. Sommers and Mr. Witkowski resigned on Aug. 10, a day after another trooper raised concerns with supervisors about their conduct, the police said. Mr. Pfindel resigned on Sept. 3 after an investigation by the state’s Department of Public Safety.

... The investigation began after other troopers reported details of the scheme to their supervisors. The details, which were not released, were then “reported to federal law enforcement authorities,” the police said.

“The accusations in this case involve an extraordinary level of misconduct — a criminal violation of the law — and I could not be more upset and disappointed,” Col. Matthew T. Birmingham, the director of the Vermont State Police, said in a news release.

Michael Schirling, the Vermont Public Safety commissioner, said that “as soon as other troopers became aware of this situation, they raised the allegations internally, and commanders took swift and decisive action to hold these individuals accountable and report this matter to federal authorities.”


... The state police said that because of an F.B.I. investigation, the police had been unable to announce details before Tuesday, nearly a month after the first troopers resigned, and that it would not comment further because of the ongoing federal investigation.
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