- Associated Press - Saturday, March 3, 2018

DENVER (AP) - A former police officer in suburban Denver has been sentenced to two years in jail, with work release, for stealing nearly $25,000.

The Denver Post reports 48-year-old Leonard Portugal, who worked for the Mountain View Police Department, was sentenced Wednesday on charges of embezzlement and trying to influence a public servant.

Prosecutors say that between January 2015 to June 2016, he submitted at least 31 falsified documents and time sheets for overtime hours provided by state grant funds. As a result, he was paid nearly $25,000 in public money that he was not entitled to.

He will spend four years on probation after he is released, and prosecutors have requested that he pay $24,095 in restitution.

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

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