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Fri May 17, 2013

Former Vermont Lawman Pleads Not Guilty in U.S. Gun Case

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A former Vermont police officer has pleaded not guilty to a series of federal gun and tax charges.



Fifty-six-year-old Phil Ciotti entered the pleas Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Burlington.

Ciotti's court appearance came a week after he was indicted on federal gun and tax charges.

And it came about 21 months after federal agents raided his St. Johnsbury home and seized 550 firearms.

The Burlington Free Press is reporting that among the charges filed against Ciotti, a licensed federal firearms dealer, were that he didn't pay enough taxes and that he made improper gun sales.

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