Ex-Durham sheriff's deputy pleads guilty to embezzlement

Staff writerFebruary 10, 2011 

— Former sheriff's deputy Derek O'Mary pleaded guilty today to 25 counts of embezzling money from the Durham County Sheriff's Office.

O'Mary, a former narcotics supervisor, agreed to pay back $97,976 he took between 2003 and 2009. His job involved dispersing money to pay for criminal investigations, and he diverted some of that money to himself.

O'Mary faces up to 4.5 years in prison. His sentencing will be scheduled later this year, after he recovers from surgery to his hands and arms.

According to the sheriff's department, narcotics detectives under O'Mary told department officials on March 30, 2009, that he was mismanaging money. O'Mary was fired less than two weeks later and charged with embezzlement last fall.

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