A Lakewood police officer, charged last week with stealing money from a fund benefiting the families of four slain officers, has been fired.
The Lakewood police officer charged last week with stealing more than $150,000 from a fund created for the families of four slain officers has been fired.
Skeeter Timothy Manos, 34, was fired after Lakewood Police Chief Bret Farrar reviewed the case against him and recommended the termination to City Manager Andrew Neiditz.
There was enough evidence against Manos for the city to conclude he broke the law, in violation of the police officers’ manual of standards, Farrar said. That conclusion led to Manos’ firing, effective last Friday, city officials said.
According to a federal complaint, Manos stole more than $150,000 meant for the fund run by the Lakewood Officers Charity and, over the course of a year, spent about $120,000 of that money on a trip to Las Vegas, a shopping spree at REI and a stainless-steel refrigerator, among other items.
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The fund was created shortly after Maurice Clemmons fatally shot police Sgt. Mark Renninger and Officers Ronald Owens, Tina Griswold and Gregory Richards as they sat in a coffee shop in Parkland on Nov. 29, 2009. Clemmons was killed by a Seattle police officer two days later.
A total of $3.2 million was collected on behalf of the dead officers, though about $300,000 of that has been placed in an account for families of future fallen officers. The money allegedly stolen by Manos apparently never made it to the fund, though the FBI is investigating.
“I don’t feel good about it,” Farrar said of the firing. “I do feel that it’s the right thing to do, but I don’t feel good about any of this. It’s sad all around.”
Manos can contest the firing. He could not be reached for comment.
Manos was charged last week with 10 counts of wire fraud, a federal felony carrying a maximum fine of $250,000 and a penalty of up to 20 years in prison.
Lark Turner: 206-464-2761 or firstname.lastname@example.org. On Twitter @larkreports.