Ex- deputy in Washington state sentenced for stealing $33K

(Information from: Skagit Valley Herald, http://www.skagitvalleyherald.com)

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — A former deputy in northwest Washington state has been sentenced to 60 days in federal prison and six months of home arrest for stealing more than $33,000.

The Skagit Valley Herald reports 53-year-old Brian Lehr was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Seattle after pleading guilty in January to a single count of wire fraud.

The former Skagit County deputy served as a secretary and treasurer for the Pacific Northwest Police Detection Dog Association, an organization that trains and certifies drug detection dogs.

Authorities say he started embezzling from the organization as early as 2010, using the money to pay for meals, hotel stays, concert tickets and bills.

According to court documents, the organization’s account should have contained about $20,000 in December 2013, instead it held about $277.