SEATTLE (CBS Seattle/AP) — A Lakewood police officer was charged Wednesday with stealing more than $120,000 from a fund set up for the families of four of his colleagues who were shot to death at a coffee shop in November 2009.
The criminal complaint alleges Officer Skeeter Timothy Manos diverted about $151,000 from the donations to a secret account then used $120,000 of it, including purchases at Costco, Home Depot and a cash withdrawal at the Bellagio casino in Las Vegas.
“This is a sad day for our community,” U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan said in a statement. “These acts betrayed the memory of our fallen heroes, their families, fellow officers and all who supported the fund.”
“Stealing from the children of our fallen officers is disgraceful,” added Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist.
Manos, 34, of Dupont, Wash., was arrested without incident at Lakewood City Hall. He was expected to make his first federal court appearance in Tacoma later in the day.
The public contributed more than $3.2 million to the families of Lakewood Police Officers Ronald Owens, Tina Grisowld, Greg Richards and Mark Renninger.