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Lakewood Embezzler To Be Sentenced

Amy Radil

A former Lakewood police officer is scheduled to be sentenced for embezzlement Friday in Tacoma. The Lakewood officer admitted to taking donations meant for the families of slain police officers.


Skeeter Manos was a fellow Lakewood officer of the four who were killed in November 2009. He was also the treasurer of their union, the Lakewood Police Independent Guild. Donations poured in to the union to help the four officers' families.

Federal charging documents say Manos diverted some of the money to a secret bank account. He used a debit card to withdraw $112,000, much of it while at casinos. He spent the money on things like a hotel room at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, outdoor gear at REI, and various appliances.

In March he pleaded guilty to one federal count of wire fraud. He also admitted to stealing $47,000 from the union before the shootings occurred. Prosecutors are asking for a sentence of two years and nine months, plus restitution. They say Manos used donations and guild money "like his own personal piggy bank to live beyond his means."

A sentencing memorandum submitted by Manos' attorney is under seal. Court filings indicate that it alludes to Manos' "difficult childhood" and trauma he experienced while serving as a Marine and Washington state trooper.

He's scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Robert Bryan in federal court in Tacoma.

I'm Amy Radil, KUOW News.

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