Vermont side judge busted for grand larceny

Brattleboro judge falsely claimed pay for 352 hours worked, police say

A Windham County side judge has been cited for falsely claiming 352 hours of work for which she was paid over $8,500, state police said.

In July 2022, the Vermont State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations was notified by members of Windham County Treasurer’s Office and the Vermont Judiciary regarding Assistant Judge Patricia Duff and the hours she reported working. The investigation centered around the number of hours Duff claimed to have worked at court hearings. Based on information provided and additional investigative steps taken, it was determined that between January and June 2022, Duff was paid $8,518.40 under false pretenses by claiming 352 hours worked when she was not working.

On Thursday evening, troopers issued a citation to Duff, 60, of Brattleboro on charges of false pretense and grand larceny. Duff is due to appear for arraignment at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, in the Criminal Division of Vermont Superior Court in Brattleboro. No additional information is available at this time. The affidavit of probable cause will be filed with the court and made public following Duff’s arraignment.

Duff, a six-term Democrat, resigned last July, pleading multiple bouts with Covid-19. In August police reported she was being investigated for financial irregularities

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6 replies »

  1. This sounds like a Massachusetts-style hack ripoff of public funds…may as well be…in Brattleboro. All the best attributes of our neighbor to the south are creeping up into VT…

  2. Something must be brewing in the Vermont Judiciary for them to throw a 6-term Democrat side judge under the bus. I recall the story of Judge Jane Wheel back in the 1980’s. Could there be more behind this as was floated around in Jane’s case? I’m sure there is as they are birds of the same feather. After witnessing Governor Scott being sworn in on the steps of the State House in January 2021, at the height of COVID-19 restrictions and protocols, before the cameras started rolling, there were handshakes, bear hugs, and jovial masked huck-hucks all around between the Justice, Governor Scott, and others. Oh what tangled webs they weave when they practice to deceive.
    Luke 12:2-3
    2 For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known. 3 Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.

  3. That is criminal theft! No doubt about that! Six term Democrat Assistant Judge! How much has she stolen over all those years?? Should be full renumeration plus appropriate penalty for theft of public funds. Asst, Judge should be a position that is eliminated in any case! Just another opportunity for political graft!! Especially for Democrats!!

  4. if ONE is doing the deed, surely there are others…….and again this is the “trickle down” from “onhigh” if its ok for …them… its ok for me……better be cking all of em……start at local tc offices and work up………