A former Lakewood police officer who admitted stealing money that was donated after the murders of four fellow officers was sentenced to 33 months (2.75 years) in prison Friday. He was also order to pay $159,000 in restitution for wire fraud in connection with the embezzlement of more than $112,000.
According to details of the plea agreement, Skeeter Timothy Manos, 34, then-treasurer of the Lakewood Police Independent Guild, set up a secret bank account and diverted approximately $151,000 from a $3.2 million-dollar fund intended for the families of the fallen officers. Manos used $112,000 of the money for spending sprees at Costco and Home Depot and gambling trips to Las Vegas.
Manos also set up an account at Washington State Employees Credit Union (WESCU) in his name, then wrote checks from the Lake Police Officer Guild accounts and deposited them in his WESCU account. Manos embezzled about $47,000 of guild funds.
Manos pleaded guilty in federal court to a single count of wire fraud.
Prosecutors had requested the maximum range of sentencing.
As financial crimes come and go, defendant's criminal wrongdoing ranks at the very top of despicable acts. Indeed, it would be difficult to imagine thievery that is any more brazen or heartless, U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan said in a released statement. Much of the money stolen by Defendant had been donated by the community to honor four slain Lakewood Police Officers and to provide care and support for the families of these fallen public servants. Word of this thievery must have jolted those who gave their hard-earned money to their core.
KING 5's Liza Javier compiled information for this report.