Vermont Attorney General’s Office

Tide of local support turns on embattled Coventry official

Cynthia Diaz has been re-elected for years despite criminal probes and reports of missing money. Now voters have decided her job as delinquent tax collector should be an appointed one.

Donovan hopes to clear Corren case with smaller fine

One major sticking point to a settlement appears to be how to resolve issues with the public campaign finance law.

Suspicion in a small town: Coventry looks for its missing money

The Selectboard is suing the woman who is town clerk, treasurer and delinquent tax collector after auditors estimated $150,000 is missing. She calls it “a smear campaign.”

AG won’t file charges against Hartford deputy chief

The Attorney General’s Office says there is probable cause for them to believe that Maj. Leonard Roberts physically assaulted his estranged wife, but not enough evidence for a jury conviction. The officer remains on administrative leave while the Hartford Police Department completes its investigation.

Attorney General’s Office Agrees to Settlement with Mousetrap Pediatrics on False Claims Investigation

News Release — Office of the Attorney General November 18, 2016 Contact: Jason Turner Assistant Attorney General (802) 828-5332 The State of Vermont and Mousetrap Pediatrics PC, have reached an agreement settling an investigation into whether Mousetrap submitted false claims or received overpayments from the Vermont Medicaid Program. Mousetrap operated as a pediatric physician group […]

Barre Mechanic Convicted of Reckless Endangerment in Fatal Accident

News Release — Office of the Attorney General June 14, 2016 Contact: John Treadwell Assistant Attorney General (802) 828-0280 Steven Jalbert of Barre, Vermont, was convicted on June 10, 2016, in Vermont Superior Court, Washington Criminal Division, of two counts of Reckless Endangerment. Mr. Jalbert was a certified Vermont State Inspection Mechanic in May 2014 […]

Payment Processor of Internet Loans Settles Consumer Protection Claims for $178,000

News Release — Office of the Attorney General May 20, 2016 Contact: Justin E. Kolber Assistant Attorney General (802) 828-5620 Billing Tree, Inc., an Arizona company that processes electronic payments, will pay $178,000 to settle claims that the company violated Vermont consumer protection laws. “Vermont continues its strong prosecution against those engaged in predatory lending […]

Vermonters Benefit from Foreclosure Mediations

News Release — Vermont Attorney General’s Office May 17, 2016 Contact: James Layman Assistant Attorney General (802) 828-5507 Vermont law entitles Vermont homeowners faced with foreclosure to request foreclosure mediation and requires the mediators to submit mediation reports to the Vermont Attorney General. The Attorney General’s Office has reviewed the reports received in 2015, and […]

Shelburne Man Charged with Possession of Child Pornography

News Release — Vermont Attorney General’s Office May 12, 2016 Contact: John Treadwell Assistant Attorney General (802) 828-0280 Geoffrey Poirier of Shelburne, Vermont, was arraigned yesterday in the Vermont Superior Court, Chittenden Criminal Division, on five felony counts and one misdemeanor count of Possession of Child Pornography. As a result of the charges, Mr. Poirier […]

Springfield Man Sentenced for Possession of Child Pornography

News Release — Vermont Attorney General’s Office May 12, 2016 Contact: Ultan Doyle Assistant Attorney General (802) 828-5585 Tyler Goodrich of Westminster, Vermont was sentenced on May 9, 2016 in Vermont Superior Court, Windsor Criminal Division after pleading guilty to two felony counts of Possession of Child Pornography. Mr. Goodrich was sentenced to 3 to […]

Two Vermont Landlords Settle Claim for Filing False Lead Compliance Documents

News Release — Office of the Attorney General May 3, 2016 Contact: Justin Kolber Assistant Attorney General (802) 828-5620 Shires Housing, Inc. of Bennington, and Cynthia McTaggart of Rutland, two Vermont landlords, settled claims that they filed false lead paint compliance documents in violation of Vermont consumer protection and lead laws. Every landlord with pre-1978 […]

Haskins Gas to Pay $60,000 to Settle Consumer Protection Claims

News Release — Office of the Attorney General May 2, 2016 Contact: Justin E. Kolber Assistant Attorney General (802) 828-5620 Haskins Gas Service, Inc., a Vermont company, has agreed to pay $45,600 to 96 Vermont consumers and $15,000 in civil penalties to the State of Vermont to settle claims that the company violated Vermont consumer […]

Westminster Man Sentenced for Possession of Child Pornography

News Release — Office of the Attorney General March 10, 2016 Contact: Ultan Doyle Assistant Attorney General (802) 828-5585 Matthew Cook of Westminster, Vermont was sentenced on March 10, 2016 in Vermont Superior Court, Windham Criminal Division after pleading guilty to one felony count and 3 misdemeanor counts of Possession of Child Pornography. Mr. Cook […]

Vermont businesses targeted: wire transfer fraud imposter scam

News Release — Vermont Attorney General’s Office July 28, 2015 Contact: Consumer Assistance Program, 1-800-649-2424, or 1-802-656-3183 The Vermont Attorney General’s Office is warning about an imposter scam targeting Vermont businesses. Since February four Vermont businesses have reported to the Attorney General’s Office that they received fraudulent emails purporting to be company representatives, requesting wire […]