Former Augusta County Deputy to Face Three Felony Indictments
A former member of the Augusta County Sheriff's Office is accused of taking thousands of dollars in taxpayer funds. Grand jury indictments claim the deputy falsified time sheets dating back to early 2009.
The former deputy, 41-year-old Brian David Rose, was expected to be served sometime Tuesday with three indictments for obtaining money by false pretenses. The former deputy could face up to 15 years in prison, if he's convicted of what Augusta County Sheriff Randy Fisher calls betrayal of public and personal trust.
A sergeant who oversees grant money from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) was first to raise the red flag in the spring of 2010. Fisher ordered an internal audit, then called in a state police investigator.
Fisher says all that confirmed one of his deputies falsified time sheets and overtime requests adding up to nearly $4,000.
"That's taxpayer money, provided by the Augusta County Board of Supervisors for overtime work," he said. "And it was also DMV grant money that we use for DUI enforcement, seat belt enforcement."
Deputy Brian David Rose was with the sheriff's office for four years, until December 2010.
Indictments from the Augusta County grand jury indicate that Rose's offenses may have stretched over his last two years on the job.
"It's something that leaves a bad taste in my mouth. And I... It's just a betrayal of trust," said Fisher.
He says this is the first case of alleged fraud that he can recall, over his 40 years with the sheriff's office. A former sworn deputy as a defendant means the case will have outside help.
Fisher said, "The commonwealth attorney appoints, asks for a special prosecutor to oversee the investigation done by the state police. So everything is totally unbiased."
Waynesboro Commonwealth's Attorney Charles Ajemian will prosecute the case. Brian David Rose is scheduled to make his first court appearance on August 13.
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