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Posted on: November 13, 2017

Former Mountain View Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

Leonard Portugal

A former Mountain View Police Officer has entered a guilty plea to Attempt to Influence a Public Servant (F4) and Embezzlement of Public Property (F5).  Leonard Portugal, DOB: 12-29-69, appeared in Jefferson County Court and entered his guilty plea on November 9.

Portugal and a fellow police officer were employed by the Mountain View Police Department when they were indicted by a Jefferson County Grand Jury in April, 2017. The case involving the second officer is still pending and is set for trial on December 12.

The Mountain View Police Department participates in Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) grants. The purpose of the grants is to provide overtime for peace officers for patrol work in the Town of Mountain View.  According to the indictment, the two officers submitted falsified documents and time sheets associated with overtime hours provided by grant funds. As a result of falsified grant hours, Portugal was paid $24,935 of public monies that he did not earn and to which he was not entitled.  Portugal is accused of having submitted at least 31 reports and time sheets claiming grant hours he did not work.

Portugal’s sentencing has been set for January 15, 2018 at 1:30. He could potentially face a prison sentence of up to nine years.

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