Former Police Lieutenant Charged With Embezzlement

27-year veteran charged with stealing $380 from a department petty cash fund

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    A former Albemarle County police lieutenant has been charged with stealing $380 from a department petty cash fund.

    Media outlets report Ernest Allen III, 51, was charged this week with one felony count of embezzlement of public funds.

    Allen is a 27-year veteran of the department. Allen told police he took the money last month from the cash fund he managed. The money was discovered missing this month during a quarterly audit.

    Col. Steve Sellers says Allen has repaid the missing funds and has cooperated with the investigation.

    Allen, who resigned Monday, declined comment.

    County records show Allen was paid $87,000 annually and has filed for federal bankruptcy protection three times.