Former Lakewood officer pleads guilty to identity theft, forgery

by: Kevin McCarty Updated:

LAKEWOOD, Wash. —

A former Lakewood police officer already convicted on federal charges for stealing donations from a fallen officers’ fund has admitted to identity theft and forgery in a Pierce County superior court.

Skeeter Manos pleaded guilty to the charges. He admitted he stole the identity of the accountant for the Lakewood Police Independent Guild (LPIG), the union representing Lakewood police officers, to cover up the theft of $159,000 from a fund established after four Lakewood police officers were killed in a coffee shop on Nov. 29, 2009.

Pierce County deputy prosecuting attorney Phil Sorenson said Manos used the stolen identity and forged signature to cover up evidence of the stolen donations in an audit.

The union was charged with overseeing the donations and distributing them to the children of Sergeant Mark Renninger and officers Tina Griswold, Ronald Owens and Greg Richards.  They were shot and killed by Maurice Clemmons as they sat in a Parkland coffee shop.

Manos was sentenced to nine months in the Pierce County jail after pleading guilty to the charges. He has been held without bail for more than eight months and is expected to be released with credit for good behavior.  Manos must still serve a 33-month sentence in federal prison for stealing the donations after pleading guilty to charges in a federal court.