WA Cop Accused of Stealing $150K from Fund for 4 Slain Officers


The Seattle Times reports that a Lakewood, Wash., police officer allegedly embezzled about $150,000 intended for the families of the four officers killed in a coffeehouse shootout in 2009, spending some of the money on a Las Vegas trip and shopping spree. Skeeter Timothy Manos is charged in a federal complaint with 10 counts of felony wire fraud for allegedly stealing from the fund set up in the days after the officers were gunned down.

The complaint alleges Manos, 34, used some of the money to take his wife to Las Vegas, where he withdrew $1,000 from ATMs and spent about $1,200 on rooms at the Bellagio hotel and tickets to a Cirque du Soleil performance. He spent more than $7,000 at Home Depot and later dropped about $1,700 on snowboarding and other outdoor gear at REI, the complaint alleges. Between Feb. 12, 2010, and Feb. 20, 2011, he also withdrew about $50,000 from ATMs, according to the complaint.

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