- Associated Press - Thursday, December 18, 2014

DENVER (AP) - A former high-ranking member of the Denver Sheriff’s Department accused of stealing tax software from Target and hiding it in dog food bags he legitimately bought has pleaded guilty.

The Denver Post reported Thursday (https://dpo.st/1JckQ5G ) that 47-year-old Michael Than has pleaded guilty to a felony count of filing a false tax return and a misdemeanor count of attempted theft of less than $500. Prosecutors agreed to drop six other felony theft and tax fraud charges.

A grand jury indicted Than in April for a string of thefts that allegedly began in 2010 and continued through 2013. Prosecutors say he was caught on a Target store’s surveillance cameras stealing the software.

Than was a 21-year veteran of the department and held its second-highest post. He oversaw the city’s downtown jail, among other duties.


Information from: The Denver Post, https://www.denverpost.com

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