MONTPELIER (AP) - An ex-Vermont Medical Practice Board investigator has been fined $2,000 following his guilty plea in December to felony tax fraud and gun sales record-keeping violations.

Judge J. Garvan Murtha of the U.S. District Court in Brattleboro issued that penalty to Phillip Ciotti of St. Johnsbury, according to reports. The 57-year-old Ciotti retired from his state job in December.

Court records indicate Ciotti, a federally licensed firearms dealer, sold hundreds of weapons at gun shows.

Ciotti's lawyer, David Sleigh, says the government did a lot of damage to his client for very little wrongdoing.


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