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Stiffer penalties for fraudulent Vt. publisher

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Prosecutors are calling for stiffer probation penalties for a Vermont publisher who swindled retirees out of their life savings.

Last April Peter Campbell-Copp pleaded guilty to more than a dozen felony charges involving fraudulent financial schemes.

Prosecutors say the Manchester man preyed on the elderly and disabled, collecting their money but never publishing their books. Police say he even stole $28,000 from another victim to pay for his lawyer.

In October, Campbell-Copp was released from jail on the condition he not publish books. But prosecutors say that's not enough to keep the public protected. They want the the court to ban him from using the internet and from soliciting money.

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