A Lakewood police officer who allegedly stole about $150,000 from a fund for slain officers' families is expected to plead guilty in federal court Friday.
A former Lakewood police officer accused of embezzling more than $150,000 from a fund intended for the children of four slain officers is expected to plead guilty to a federal charge on Friday.
Skeeter Timothy Manos, 34, was initially charged with 10 counts of wire fraud in a federal complaint filed last month.
On Thursday, prosecutors charged him with information with a single count of wire fraud, “an indication that work has been done to resolve the case,” said Emily Langlie, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
The charge carries a maximum of 20 years in prison.
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A change of plea hearing is scheduled for Friday morning in U.S. District Court in Tacoma. Because he was never indicted, Manos has not yet entered a plea to the charges against him, Langlie said.
Manos was charged in February with stealing from the fund, which benefits the children of four officers gunned down by Maurice Clemmons at a coffee shop in Parkland in November 2009. Clemmons was killed by a Seattle police officer two days later.
Prosecutors claim Manos used some of the money to take his wife to Las Vegas, 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.
The new filing claims that Manos, beginning less than two months after the shootings, spent a total of about $112,000 on personal use and pleasure.
“I just cannot imagine anything lower than stealing money from fallen officers’ children,” said the treasurer of the fund, Sgt. John Unfred, when Manos was first charged.
Manos has been fired from the Lakewood Police Department in Pierce County.
Robert Westinghouse, the criminal chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Washington, is handling the case.
Lark Turner: 206-464-2761 or email@example.com. On Twitter @larkreports