Deschutes County sheriff's captain accused of stealing more than $200,000

BEND, Ore. – A federal grand jury on Friday indicted the captain of the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office on allegations of embezzling and stealing more than $200,000.

Scott Raymond Beard, 45, of Bend, was arrested Friday and is scheduled to make his first court appearance in Eugene Monday.

Beard is accused of fraudulently acquiring and spending $205,747 from 2014-15.

The money came from checks for the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement team. The checks would be payable to Beard, who was in charge of the Detectives Division, and instead of cashing it for the work expense, he would keep some or all of the money for himself, according to the indictment.

The indictment says Beard spent at least $100,000 on expenses for Krista Jean Mudrick, 35, of Bend, a former worker at the sheriff’s office. Mudrick and Beard were involved in a sexual relationship beginning in 2013, according to the indictment.

Beard used the money in part to pay for Mudrick’s rent, household expenses, international trips, a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, and breast implants, the indictment says.

Read the indictment

Beard was charged with two counts of theft of funds from a federally funded program, two counts of money laundering and one count of passport fraud.

Mudrick is charged with one count of false statement to federal law enforcement agents.

“When an investigation shows that a member of law enforcement is violating the public trust by stealing the people's money, we will vigorously prosecute and seek justice for such conduct. Public trust in law enforcement is earned, and must be protected through accountability,” said U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams.

The Descutes County Sheriff's Office fired Beard Friday due to the charges.

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