Former Columbus Officer Admits To Selling Police Equipment For Profit


A former Columbus Police Officer has pleaded guilty to selling equipment the department received through a government program.

Steven Edward Dean, 49, pleaded to misappropriating and selling heavy equipment and other property that the police received through a Defense Department surplus program.

An investigation revealed that Dean embezzled heavy equipment, construction vehicles, and restaurant equipment. He then sold the items online or for scrap metal.

Dean pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement from a program receiving federal funds and one count of theft of public property. Each crime carries a maximum sentence of ten years imprisonment.

As part of a plea deal, the sentences will be grouped and not imposed consecutively. Dean will also pay back more than $251,000.