LAPD Detective Pleads Guilty To Grand Theft

A Los Angeles Police Department detective pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of grand theft after he was accused of embezzling more than $30,000 in witness-relocation money from the department, according to the District Attorney's office. Leonard Avalos, 44, was sentenced to 90 days behind bars and three years of probation; he was also ordered to return the money.

Avalos, who has resigned from the department, was expected to begin serving his term June 29. His plea was part of a deal with the D.A. Prosecutors said the embezzlement took place between Feb. 15 and June 20 of 2008, when Avalos worked at the Southwest Detective Division.

The D.A.'s office states the cash was intended for the relocation of three crime victims, but that only one of them was actually moved incognito.


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