- Associated Press - Friday, August 15, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A former central Ohio police officer has been sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison for misappropriating and selling surplus property that a police department received through a U.S. Department of Defense surplus equipment program.

A federal judge sentenced veteran Columbus officer Steven Dean on Friday. He previously pleaded guilty to single counts of embezzlement from a program receiving federal funds and theft of public property.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Columbus says an investigation by Columbus police, the FBI and the Defense Criminal Investigative Service found property worth about $252,000 had been diverted from a defense department program. The property included construction equipment and vehicles, restaurant equipment and diesel generators.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the 50-year-old Dean told the judge he was sorry.

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