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9 WSP troopers could be charged for fake degrees

OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Washington State Patrol has given the Thurston County prosecutor's office findings from the investigation of nine troopers who allegedly bought fake college diplomas to boost their pay.

A patrol spokesman, Bob Calkins, says it's making no recommendation.

It will be up to the prosecutor handling the case to decide whether to file charges. The patrol submitted paperwork Monday.

The Seattle Times reports the patrol discovered the disputed diplomas after conducting a routine review of personnel files. The nine troopers have been on paid leave since Oct. 13.

Patrol Capt. Jeff DeVere says troopers earn a 2 percent raise for a two-year degree and a 4 percent raise for a four-year degree with another 2 percent for a master's.

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