COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A former Columbus police officer pleaded guilty Wednesday to misappropriating and selling surplus property the police department received through a U.S. Department of Defense surplus equipment program.
Defendant Steven Dean pleaded guilty in federal court in Columbus to one count of embezzlement from a program receiving federal funds and one count of theft of public property.
Each offense carries a maximum prison sentence of ten years.
The office of the U.S. Attorney in Columbus says an investigation by Columbus police, the FBI and the Defense Criminal Investigative Service found Dean diverted over $250,000 worth of property,
including construction equipment and vehicles, restaurant equipment and diesel generators.
Judge Michael Watson did not immediately set a sentencing date for the 49-year-old Dean.