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Ex Vt. cop pleads in US gun and tax cases

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BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) - A longtime Vermont Medical Practice Board investigator who had more than 550 firearms seized from his home is going to avoid prison after pleading guilty to federal gun and tax charges.

Phil Ciotti, 57, of St. Johnsbury, pleaded guilty to the charges Tuesday in Brattleboro.

The Burlington Free Press reports that Ciotti agreed to surrender a federal firearms license and sell his guns.

Agents seized the guns from Ciotti's home in 2011.

Ciotti admitted he filed a false federal income tax form in April 2010 and that he sold two AK-47s in April 2010, without conducting proper background checks.

Defense lawyer David Sleigh asked the judge to withhold formal judgment to ensure there were no "no adverse pension consequences" for Ciotti.

Sentencing is set for May.

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