Edward Bouchard Sentenced for Misuse of Government Credit Card While Employed with the Vermont National Guard
Burlington, VT – The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Edward Bouchard of Enosburg Falls, Vermont was sentenced today on charges that he misused a government credit card issued to him by the Vermont National Guard. Chief Judge Christina Reiss sentenced Bouchard to time-served, three years of supervised release, and restitution in the amount of $11,329.32.
According to court records, Bouchard served since 2009 as a Supply Sergeant with the Vermont National Guard 86th Troop Command. His duties and responsibilities were to ensure that unit members had proper equipment to complete their mission. The National Guard issued Bouchard a government purchase card (GPC) to acquire items necessary for the Guard's mission. During the course of an internal compliance check, National Guard officials discovered twenty-five unauthorized purchases on Bouchard's GPC, to include electronic equipment and indoor cultivation materials commonly used to grow marijuana. Bouchard eventually admitted to investigators that he had used his GPC for personal gain from December 2009 through October 2010. The unauthorized purchases amounted to $11,329.32.
The case was investigated by the Vermont National Guard and the United States Secret Service. This matter was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin J. Doyle. David L. McColgin of the Federal Defender's Office represented Bouchard.