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Former Columbus Officer Expected to Accept Plea Deal
COLUMBUS (Lisa Rantala/Kate Liebers) -- A former Columbus police officer accused of embezzling property is expected to confess to crimes in court Wednesday.
Officer Steven Dean could remain in prison for another 10 years and pay $250,000 in restitution, per the plea deal Dean is expected to sign.
Federal prosecutors released new information that suggests Dean helped manage the federal program that provided agencies -- like the Columbus Division of Police -- a surplus of used US Military equipment since 2005.
Over the course of seven years, Dean allegedly scraped and sold more than $250,000 of such equipment, including vehicles.
A janitor with the Columbus Division of Police said Dean gave him $30,000 to sell equipment to several scrap yards himself.
Prosecutors said Dean agreed to plead guilty to the accusations after they agreed to not prosecute the threats Dean made against his attorney last year. Dean was in court last November after allegedly telling his attorney that he would shoot or stab him.