Skagit County deputy fired after admitting embezzlement

by Associated Press

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) – A longtime Skagit County sheriff’s deputy has been fired after an investigator said he admitted embezzling from a nonprofit organization for which he served as treasurer.

The Skagit Valley Herald reports that Deputy Brian Lehr was placed on administrative leave in December and fired in June. The newspaper obtained an internal investigation report about the matter through a public records request.

Lehr had been the treasurer of the Pacific Northwest Police Detection Dog Association for about 14 years.

The investigation documents said Lehr acknowledged taking about $1,200 for personal use, but that it appeared the amount of unauthorized purchases he made over a one-year period could have reached $5,000.

The FBI is reviewing the matter.

Contact information for Lehr could not be located and it was not immediately clear if he was being represented by an attorney.


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