BEND, OR -- Former Deschutes County Captain, Scott Beard, pleaded guilty in Federal Court to theft and money laundering charges, Monday. Those crimes occured while he served as commander of the Detectives' Division for DCSO.
Sentencing is scheduled for August 23. Beard faces up to 60 years in prison and a $1.2 million fine. However, the U.S. Attorney's Office is asking for a five-year prison term and for Beard to be forced to pay restitution to Deschutes County.
Beard was arrested in February, and subsequently fired.
Last September, an internal audit found discrepancies in documentation of funds from drug investigations. Detectives discovered Beard stole more than $200,000 in cash and property seized by the agency.