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February 8, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Lakewood cop accused of stealing from slain officers' fund

A Lakewood police officer who served as the treasurer of police union was arrested today on 10 federal felonies alleging he embezzled more than $120,000 from a fund intended for the families of the four Lakewood officers killed by Maurice Clemmons in 2009.

Skeeter Manos, 34, of Dupont, was arrested at Lakewood City Hall and is scheduled to make his initial appearance on the charges in U.S. District Court in Tacoma at 2:30 today.

“This is a sad day for our community,” U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan said in a news release. “These acts betrayed the memory of our fallen heroes, their families, fellow officers and all who supported the fund.”

According to the criminal complaint, Manos allegedly set up a secret bank account where he diverted approximately $151,000 intended for the families of the slain officers. He allegedly used about $120,000 from the account for purchases at Costco, Home Depot, Alaska Airlines tickets to Las Vegas and for cash withdrawals at various casinos.

Manos was treasurer of the Lakewood Police Independent Guild.

To read the charging documents, click here.

The stolen money was a portion of more than $3.2 million the public contributed for the benefit of the families of the slain officers, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

“It’s disgusting and it makes me sick to my stomach,” said Bret Farrar, chief of the Lakewood Police Department. “I’ve been putting criminals in jail a long time. This is just another criminal that we’re gonna throw in jail and that we’re gonna prosecute to the fullest extent of the law.”

On Nov. 29, 2009, Clemmons fatally shot Sgt. Mark Renninger and officers Ronald Owens, Tina Griswold and Gregory Richards as they sat in the Forza Coffee shop in Parkland. In an exchange of gunfire, Clemmons was wounded by Richards.

Clemmons eluded police for nearly two days until he was shot and killed by a Seattle police officer.

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