Sheriff's deputies charged with misusing taxpayer money

Published On: Jul 30 2013 02:10:32 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 31 2013 05:43:03 PM CDT
Sheriff's deputies charged with misusing taxpayer money
(WICHITA, Kan.) -

Two deputies with the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office have been charged with misusing taxpayer money.

Brenton E. Johnson was charged with two counts of making false information and one count of official misconduct.  On the jail booking sheet the misconduct charge also lists destroy/tamper/conceal felony evidence. 

David D. Spears was also charged with two counts of making false information.

The false information charge is a severity 8 non-person felony.  A felony of that level would end with a presumed sentence of probation for someone with no prior convictions.

The official misconduct charge is a Class A misdemeanor which carries a sentence of up to a year in jail.

Johnson and Spears made their first appearance in court Wednesday moring on the walk-in docket.  The two bonded out of jail after their arrests Tuesday.  They're scheduled to be back in court Autust 14th for a preliminary hearing to decide if the state has enough evidence to take them to trial.

Sheriff Jeff Easter said the two deputies worked in the transportation section and they were partners. 

"We found some inconsistencies with paperwork. Started looking at that. And found that this could possibly be criminal in nature. So, we opened a criminal investigation at that point," Easter said.

Easter said a criminal investigation involving theft and misuse of public funds began earlier this month and lasted two weeks. The deputies were arrested Tuesday and placed in the Sedgwick County jail.

"We hold our people more accountable because they are law enforcement officers," Easter said. "Do your job, have integrity and have ethics."

Easter said investigators are looking into how long this was going on.  He said no other deputies are involved.



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