- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 24, 2016

BEND, Ore. (AP) - A former Deschutes County sheriff’s captain accused of stealing more than $200,000 from the county and using the funds to buy gifts for an ex-colleague with whom he had a romantic relationship has pleaded guilty in the case.

The Bend Bulletin reports (https://bit.ly/1VgqYBb ) that Scott Beard pleaded guilty Monday to charges of theft and money laundering.

Beard, who was fired in February, is accused of stealing the money between 2014 and 2015 while he oversaw the finances of a regional drug task force.

An indictment alleges he gave at least $100,000 to former sheriff’s office employee Krista Mudrick, who is charged with lying to investigators.

Beard said in court Monday he was seeing a counselor for issues with post-traumatic stress disorder. His attorney declined to comment on the plea hearing.

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Information from: The Bulletin, https://www.bendbulletin.com

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