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Former Augusta Sheriff's Deputy Pleads Guilty to Petit Larceny

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A former Augusta County sheriff's deputy pleaded guilty Tuesday to two misdemeanor charges of petit larceny.

Brian David Rose was with the Augusta County Sheriff's Office for four years - until investigators noticed a discrepancy between the former deputy's time sheet and clocked hours.

Commonwealth's Attorney Charles Ajemian said, "Police mark on and mark off when they go on and come off duty, they mark off the computer in their car.  They also have a handwritten time saying how many hours you worked that particular shift."

The numbers didn't match up for Rose.  Investigators believe the 41-year-old Waynesboro resident pocketed almost $4,000 for hours he never worked.  Ajemian says there were times when Rose cut his hours short.  Rose admitted to laziness, but stated that none of it was intentional.

Ajemian argued that Rose purposefully stole money in small increments over a period of two years.   "It was a consistent series of overcharges to the county," said Ajemian.

Meaning Rose's actions affected taxpayers.  Rose got a suspended sentence, but will have to pay back the taxpayers by May 2013.  Ajemian believes that to be just.

"He's been convicted of a crime of moral turpitude, of two crimes of moral turpitude," Ajemian said.  "And he's lost his job.  That's a fairly substantial punishment this day and age I would think."

NBC29 talked with Sheriff Randy Fisher this past summer, and he said this was the first case of fraud he could recall in his 40 years with the Augusta County Sheriff's Office.

Reported by Tara Todd

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