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Judge: Robert D. Mariani
Court: United States Attorney’s Office in Sranton
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office in Scranton
Description: Scranton, Pennsylvania criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with with theft of money from programs receiving federal funds.
From approximately July 30, 2021, to April 22, 2022, Jeffrey J. Vaughn, age 50, a former patrol sargent in the Scranton police department, knowingly obtained by fraud over $5,000.00 in compensation that was paid to him for certain extra duty patrol shifts at local, Scranton-area, lower-income housing complexes that Vaughn claimed to work but did not in fact work. In all, the investigation found a total of 266 hours that Vaughn claimed to work patrolling the complexes but that he did not actually work. Additionally, Vaughn also failed to work several DUI roving patrol shifts (another category of overtime shifts available to Scranton Police Officers) for which he was likewise paid.
Judge Mariani also ordered Vaughn to pay restitution in the amount of $11,243.00 and to pay a fine of $2,000.00. He was also ordered to complete 50 hours of community service as a condition of his supervised release.
This case was investigated by the Scranton Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Public Corruption Task Force, which consists of members of the Pennsylvania State Police and the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, and federal agents from the FBI and Internal Revenue Service. Assistant United States Attorneys Jeffery St John and Phillip J. Caraballo prosecuted the case.
Outcome: Defendant was sentenced to 6 months’ imprisonment and a 2-year term of supervised release.