Lakewood officer pleads guilty to taking donations



TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — An ex-Lakewood police officer accused of taking more than $112,000 from a fund for families of four slain officers pleaded guilty to wire fraud Friday in federal court in Tacoma.

The U.S. attorney’s office says Skeeter Timothy Manos also admitted he embezzled more than $47,000 from the Lakewood Police Independent Guild when he served as treasurer.

Under a plea agreement with the 34-year-old Dupont man, prosecutors are recommending a prison term of about two years when he is sentenced June 15. Federal Judge Robert Bryan could sentence him up to 20 years.

Prosecutors say Manos had started embezzling from the guild account in 2009 before he was put in charge of the families’ fund. He spent money on gambling trips and shopping sprees. Manos was fired after he was charged.