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March 16, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Ex-cop pleads guilty to embezzling from slain officers’ fund

Skeeter Timothy Manos

A former Lakewood police officer pleaded guilty this morning to embezzling more than $150,000 from a fund for the four officers who were gunned down at a coffee shop in Parkland in November 2009.

Skeeter Timothy Manos, 35, also admitted to stealing more than $47,000 from the Lakewood Police Independent Guild, where he was treasurer, beginning in May 2009 and lasting into 2011, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Manos was fired in February after the Lakewood Police Department learned of the allegations and conducted its own investigation. LPD and the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office also assisted in the FBI investigation, according to the release.

Just two months after his colleagues were killed, Manos started skimming off the top of donations meant for those officers’ children, the federal government charged. He spent the money on shopping sprees at Home Depot, REI and Costco, as well as a trip to Las Vegas, and withdrew tens of thousands of dollars from ATMs.

In total, Manos spent about $112,000 intended for the slain officers’ fund over the course of a year, prosecutors allege.

The charge carries a maximum of 20 years in prison. Prosecutors will recommend a sentence of between 21 and 33 months in prison, within the range of federal sentencing guidelines. He’s scheduled to be sentenced on June 15.

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