Portland authority accused of using Government funds to purchase gas masks


The Portland Tribune reports that a MUltnomah county Animal Services manager was stealing government funds to purchase survival equipment to include gas masks. 

"The former manager for Multnomah County's Animal Services has pled guilty to allegations of official misconduct, aggravated first-degree theft and ID theft.

Randall Ray Brown appeared before Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Eric J. Bloch on Tuesday to change his plea. As part of the plea agreement, the 55 remains counts in the indictment were dismissed. Those charged included allegations of aggravated first-degree theft, money laundering, ID theft, first-degree theft, fraudulent use of a credit card, computer crime and official misconduct.

Brown's official sentencing will be heard May 14, where it is expected he will received a sentence of 18 months in prison and be ordered to make a payment of $54,587 in restitution.

Tuesday's change of plea hearing was re-scheduled from earlier this month.

The Portland Tribune, a KOIN 6 News media partner, first reported that Brown used county funds to buy gold bullion, gas masks, military grade knives and survival gear." --Portand Tribune