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EUGENE, OR -- A former Deschutes County Sheriff’s Captain has been sentenced to five years in prison for stealing more than $200,000 in public funds. Federal prosecutors say Scott Beard falsified records at least 63 times over two years, in order to steal money designated for use in drug investigations. 

 

At Thursday’s sentencing hearing, Sheriff Shane Nelson testified to the damage Beard’s abuse of trust caused on the community and his profession. Beard pleaded guilty in May to two counts of theft, after a department audit uncovered his crimes. 
 
During the investigation, Beard told agents he donated $10,000 of stolen money to a South African orphanage. However, orphanage records indicate the actual donation was around $90 Investigators say the rest of the money was laundered through the bank account of his mistress, Krista Mudrick. She also faces federal charges relating to the investigation. 
 
 
Photo courtesy of the Lane County Jail

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