Vt. Health Dept. urges testing children for lead
BURLINGTON (AP) -- The Vermont Health Department is urging parents to make sure their children are tested for lead poisoning.
Statistics show that testing rates for 1-year-old children increased from 80 percent in 2006 to 81 percent in 2012, but they are still short of the 100 percent goal.
The Health Department says that about 300 Vermont children are found to have elevated levels of lead in their blood. Early detection and preventing further exposure is critical to preventing children from suffering life-long health effects, such as lowering IQ.
Lead-based paint and lead contaminated dust are the main sources of lead poisoning in Vermont, which has one of the oldest housing stocks in the nation.
All homes built before 1978 are likely to contain some lead-based paint.
Man admits to filing false taxes
BURLINGTON (AP) -- The Vermont office of the United States attorney says a 42-year-old Florida man has pleaded guilty to fraud conspiracy.
Prosecutors say Craig Lee Workman entered the plea Thursday in U.S. District Court in Burlington.
Prosecutors say Workman used identification information belonging to others to file false income tax returns under their names, claiming tax refunds.
Officials say he filed about 125 false claims and received 25 refunds, fraudulently receiving about $180,000.
Prosecutors say that in April 2011 Workman and his spouse visited five tax preparation offices in Vermont and New Hampshire. In each they sought assistance filing tax returns for others, whom they described as incarcerated family members.
Workman faces up to 10 years in prison.