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US agent in Vt. subject to gun search off probes

August 11, 2011

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Vermont's top federal prosecutor says a U.S. agent who had his home raided by another federal agency last week has been taken off criminal investigations.

U.S. Attorney Tristram Coffin won't say why Special Agent Richard Bernholz of Immigration and Customs Enforcement was taken off investigations or why his home was searched Aug. 3 by agents from the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

At the time Bernholz's home was being searched, the St. Johnsbury home of Phil Ciotti, an investigator for the Medical Practice Board and a former police officer, was also being searched. Hundreds of firearms were seized from Ciotti's home.

No charges have been filed.

Bernholz's lawyer Paul Volk of Burlington tells the Burlington Free Press much of the material about his client is sealed.

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