A former Mountain View Police officer has been sentenced for embezzlement and attempting to influence a public servant. Leonard Portugal, DOB: 12-29-69, appeared in Jefferson County Court on February 28, 2018 where he was sentenced to four years Economic Crime Probation, two years jail with work release. The District Attorney has requested restitution in the amount of $24,095.
Between January, 2015 and June, 2016 Mr. Portugal submitted falsified documents and time sheets associated with overtime hours provided by grant funds. As a result of falsified grant hours, Portugal was paid almost $25,000 in public monies that he did not earn and to which he was not entitled. Portugal submitted at least 31 reports and time sheets claiming grant hours he did not work. These pilfered funds were part of a grant provided to the Mountain View Police Department from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) whose purpose was to provide overtime for peace officers for patrol work in the Town of Mountain View.
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. Mr. Portugal pled guilty to Attempt to Influence a Public Servant (F4) and Embezzlement of Public Property (F5) on November 9, 2017. The case involving the second officer went to trial in December and the officer was acquitted of all charges.
The filing of a criminal charge is merely a formal accusation that an individual has committed a crime(s). A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. See Colo. RPC 3.6.