By Stephanie Choate
Former Vermont State Police Sgt. James Deeghan pleaded not guilty on July 13 to two felony counts of false claims greater than $500 relating to time sheets he submitted for the month of June.
The timesheets included 63 hours of overtime Deeghan allegedly did not work for the pay periods of June 3 to June 16 and June 17 to June 30, according to a court affidavit submitted at Deeghan’s July 13 arraignment. The overtime pay totals $3,023.28.
In a section of the affidavit, Detective Lieutenant Matthew Birmingham outlines several incidents where Deeghan reported overtime for incidents he fabricated—including two motor vehicle crashes, a security alarm and a court case.
Chittenden County State’s Attorney T.J. Donovan, whose office is prosecuting the case, said the investigation into the extent of Deeghan’s timesheet-padding continues, though he declined to say at this stage how far back they would look.
“We’ll continue to look at all the paperwork,” he said. “We will continue to play it by ear and go back as long as we have to.”
According to the affidavit, Cpl. Dan Kerin was looking at Deeghan’s time sheet for an accounting code, and “realized that Deeghan had not worked the hours he had posted for overtime under this contract.” Kerin then went further back in the reports and noticed other discrepancies, the affidavit states. Many of the overtime claims pertained to work in the town of Jericho, where the state police has a patrol contract.
The affidavit also states that part of Deeghan’s duties as patrol commander was approving and submitting time sheets.
Deeghan worked out of the Williston barracks as a patrol commander before resigning on July 10 after fraud allegations surfaced. He had been a state police officer since 1990.