Former Mass. EMT sentenced to jail for falsifying training records

Four other co-defendants awaiting trial; part of larger investigation into training certification in state

States News Service

MEDFORD, Mass. — A former Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) instructor has pleaded guilty in connection with submitting training records that falsely showed dozens of emergency personnel attended courses they were required to complete in order to maintain their certification, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today.

Thomas Codair, Sr., age 50, of Medford, an EMT instructor who taught refresher training courses to police officers and firefighters, pleaded guilty on Friday in Suffolk Superior Court on charges of OEMS Violations [False Statements in Documents/Aiding and Abetting Others to Evade OEMS Requirements] (4 counts) and Conspiracy to Commit OEMS Violation (1 count). After the plea was entered, Suffolk Superior Court Judge Janet L. Sanders sentenced Codair to two-and-a-half years in the House of Correction and imposed a $1,000 fine on each of the four EMT violations. The Judge then suspended the jail sentence, provided that Codair does not violate probation for a one year period.

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