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Troopers who used fake diplomas will be suspended

State Patrol reverses earlier decision to fire them

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.