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Jericho uses police refund to reduce taxes

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JERICHO, Vt. (AP) - The town of Jericho is using a refund of nearly $80,000 for police services that were never provided to help reduce local taxes.

The town was reimbursed after a former state police trooper fabricated time sheets and traffic tickets during six years on the job, including time he spent overseeing a state police contract with Jericho.

During the community's town meeting Tuesday some 200 residents voted to use the money to lower taxes.

They later voted unanimously for the $3.5 million town budget.

Former Sgt. James Deeghan pleaded guilty in January to charges that he padded his timesheets. He's serving a 2-year sentence.

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