Former Columbus Cop Sentenced To 30 Months For Selling Department Equipment

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A former Columbus police officer was sentenced to 30 months in prison for selling equipment the department received through a government program.

Steven Edward Dean, 49, had pleaded guilty earlier this year.

Court documents indicated that Dean diverted police property from a defense department program from 2005 until 2012.

The items which included construction equipment, vehicles, and generators. Some were sold to people over Craigslist, while the others were sold for scrap.

Dean pleaded guilty in February to one count of embezzlement from a program receiving federal funds and one count of theft of public property. 

Dean will forfeit $251,570.94 less the value of the recovered equipment, according to a plea agreement.

He was also sentenced to three years of supervised released following imprisonment.