Vermont National Guard supply sergeant sentenced for card misuse

Raquel Erhard – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Burlington, VT, United States (4E) – A supply sergeant with the Vermont National Guard has been convicted Monday for using a government credit card to buy personal items including supplies needed to grow marijuana.

According to officials, Edward Bouchard from Enosburg has been found guilty of misusing the government credit card. He was sentenced to time served, three years of supervised release and was directed to return more than $11,000.

Court documents stated Bouchard was as a supply sergeant with the Vermont National Guard 86th Troop Command since 2009.

Prosecutors claimed the National Guard officials found 25 unauthorized acquisitions on Bouchard’s government credit card.

Among the items Bouchard bought were electronic equipment and materials normally required to cultivate marijuana.

The state’s attorney general claimed Bouchard admitted that he utilized the card for personal gain.

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