Police Sergeant Sentenced to Prison for Theft of Federal Funds

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SCRANTON, PA — Jeffrey J. Vaughn, a former patrol sergeant in the Scranton Police Department, has been convicted of theft concerning programs that receive federal funds. The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Mr. Vaughn, 50, was sentenced on May 4, 2023 by United States District Court Judge Robert D. Mariani to six months in prison and a two-year term of supervised release.

The US Attorney’s Office has disclosed that Vaughn fraudulently claimed over $5,000.00 in compensation for extra duty patrol shifts at lower-income housing units in the Scranton area during the period spanning July 30, 2021, to April 22, 2022. However, an investigation revealed that he didn’t work those shifts, thus obtaining the payment deceitfully. The investigation further found that Vaughn claimed to have worked about 266 hours patrolling these housing units, which he didn’t. Additionally, Vaughn also failed to work for several DUI roving patrol shifts that he nonetheless received payment for.

Judge Mariani ordered Vaughn to pay $11,243.00 in restitution and a $2,000.00 fine. As a condition of his supervised release, Vaughn must also complete 50 hours of community service.

The Scranton Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Public Corruption Task Force, including members from the Pennsylvania State Police and Attorney General’s Office, along with federal agents from the FBI and Internal Revenue Service, carried out the investigation of this case. The prosecution was led by Assistant United States Attorneys Jeffery St John and Phillip J. Caraballo.

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