Deschutes sheriff captain sentenced five years for stealing $200,000 in public funds

On Thursday, September 8, 2016, Scott Raymond Beard, 46, a former Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office captain and resident of Deschutes County, was sentenced to five years in prison by U.S. District Judge Michael J. McShane for stealing over $200,000 in public funds he was entrusted to manage, according to a press release from the United States Attorney’s Office.

At least 63 times over a two-year period, Beard falsified records to steal money designated for use in combating drug crimes, the release states.

At the sentencing hearing, Deschutes County Sheriff Shane Nelson attested to the damage Beard’s abuse of trust caused to the community, and to the men and women working in law enforcement. Sheriff Nelson explained that Beard “betrayed the ideals of the law enforcement profession. He was in a position of absolute trust, and he abused this trust for his own gain.”


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