SPOKANE, Wash. -- Detectives were investigating accusations that a Spokane County sheriff's deputy stole upwards of $700 from the County by working another job while he was supposed to be on duty.
Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said deputy Charles Sciortino was immediately placed on leave when word of his alleged crime or crimes was brought to his attention in late February. He said Major Crimes was handling the investigation because of the severity of the allegations.
Knezovich said what is possibly most concerning is that Sciortino may have shorted the community the patrols and protection they deserve.
“If these allegations are proven true, he won't be a deputy here anymore,” Knezovich said.
Deputy Sciortino is accused of stealing and jeopardizing the safety of Spokane County residents.
If the accusations are true, officials said it would be considered theft because the deputy was allegedly clocked on for duty for the county and collecting pay for a shift that he was not completely fulfilling.
Knezovich refused to provide specifics on Monday but said it is something the department is investigating to the fullest.
“I believe it'll be about $700, maybe more though. It depends on how many times he actually did this,” Knezovich said.
After the criminal investigation is complete, an Internal Affairs investigation will follow. Sciortino will remain on administrative leave. Knezovich said the alleged crime is serious.
The deputy worked in Coeur d’Alene before working in Spokane. He is assigned to general patrol, according to officials.