Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Feds in Florida: Burlington College Probe Goes the Distance | Crime | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice

Feds in Florida: Burlington College Probe Goes the Distance | Crime | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice: Ron Leavitt was driving from a master gardener class to his Naples, Fla., home three months ago when he received a surprising call from his wife.

"She said, 'The FBI is here to talk to you about Burlington College,'" he recalled. "'When are you going to be home?'"

The semiretired orthopedic surgeon had moved from Vermont to Florida five years earlier, but his association with the shuttered liberal arts college — and the wife of a United States senator who served as its president — had followed him to the Sunshine State. When he returned home to his gated community later that afternoon, Leavitt found two Federal Bureau of Investigation agents waiting for him with plenty of questions about a $30,000 donation he had made to the school.

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