Lakewood Officer Receives Federal Embezzlement Sentence

Jul 2, 2012

A former police officer in Lakewood, Washington will spend 2 years, 9 months in federal prison, and pay immediate restitution. That was the sentence handed down in federal court today after he pleaded guilty to embezzlement. Amy Radil of KUOW reports.

In federal court in Tacoma, former Lakewood police officer Skeeter Timothy Manos faced the anger of the people he stole from.

Manos has admitted to embezzling over $150,000 from his police officer’s union and the families of fallen officers.

After four Lakewood officers were killed, Nov. 2009, donations poured into the union. Manos was the treasurer. He created a secret bank account and spent thousands of dollars of those donations on gambling, trips and appliances.

In March, Manos pleaded guilty to one federal count of wire fraud.

In his defense, Manos claimed to have a gambling addiction as well as PTSD from his time as a Marine. Speaking outside the courtroom, fellow Lakewood police officer Sergeant John Unfred ridiculed that excuse.

Unfred: “It’s quite frankly an insult to anybody who has a legitimate diagnosis of PTSD. For him to come in here and claim that all this crap that he stole and spent money on is because he has PTSD is just that. It’s a bunch of crap. And it doesn’t sit well with us.”

Unfred told the court that Manos violated the sacred trust that officers have with the public.

Unfred said Manos began stealing donation checks before the four dead officers were even buried. Manos apologized in court, saying, "I’ve dishonored everyone I’ve liked or loved."

Judge Robert Brian agered with federal prosecutors that Manso deserved the highest sentence opermitted under federal guidelines.

He also ordered Manos to drain his retirement accounts and pay full restitution immediately of $159,000.

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