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State Patrol troopers will be suspended over diplomas

Trooper Dan Mann of Spokane is one of 8 troopers Trooper Dan Mann of Spokane is one of 8 troopers

SPOKANE, Wash. - Eight Washington State Patrol troopers who used diplomas from fake schools to try and claim pay raises will be suspended, but not fired.

The State Patrol reversed itself Friday and decided to modify a recommendation from August that the troopers be fired.

State Patrol spokesman Jeff DeVere additional investigation revealed there was no clear intent by the troopers to deceive the agency into higher pay because they did not know the schools were not accredited, but he said the troopers certainly showed poor judgment in submitting the diplomas.

Previous Coverage
WSP recommends firing 8 troopers over diplomas

(August, 2009)

The Washington State Patrol has made a preliminary decision to fire eight troopers who used fake diplomas to claim pay raises.

Patrol spokesman Bob Calkins says Monday's recommendation from an internal investigation is one step in the process. He says the troopers have the opportunity to meet with commanders this month to challenge facts and discuss discipline. A final decision is likely in September.

The patrol investigation began after federal agents shut down a diploma mill in Spokane.

KOMO-TV reports prosecutors decided not to file criminal charges.

In addition to the eight, two other troopers who were accused have resigned.

Troopers can boost their pay 2 percent by earning a two-year degree or 4 percent with a four-year degree.

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