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Ex-Durham deputy indicted on embezzlement charges

Posted September 7, 2010
Updated September 8, 2010

— A grand jury on Tuesday indicted a former Durham County deputy on charges that he stole money used in undercover drug operations.

Derek O'Mary, who was a lieutenant with the Durham County Sheriff's Office, was indicted on 26 charges of embezzlement involving "buy funds" used by the department's vice officers. He also was indicted on charges that he stole some drug evidence from the department.

There was no word on how much money was taken or when the alleged thefts occurred.

The State Bureau of Investigation pursued the case, which will be handled by the Special Prosecutions Unit within the state Attorney General's Office.


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  • Mugu Sep 8, 2010

    I would just bulldoze Durham.

  • Lickad Sep 8, 2010

    LEOs are infallible, he will come out of this with a slap on the wrist.

  • 1 of the original Americans Sep 8, 2010

    wow again?? leo's are falling like snow

  • toot Sep 8, 2010

    Looks like he learned something from Mr. Keel after all.

  • sniperdiver Sep 8, 2010

    It happens everwhere. I see idiots, there everwhere. they don't even know there dumb. He will enjoy prison. Will probably be on protective custody and complain all the time about prison. If you don't like being confined with rules and regulations, don't do the crime. I guess he missed the whole embezzlment section of the law book, and missed the ethics portion of B.L.E.T. What a moron!

  • sinenomine Sep 8, 2010

    It keeps happening in Durham. In about 2007 a civilian employee of the Durham County Sheriff's Department was charged with embezzlement as well.

  • unctheel Sep 8, 2010

    and from my experience, a grand jury indictment does NOT mean that someone broke the law. Only that the prosecutors presented enough evidence to take the case to court. What about all of those "SBI" cases? Many of those started as indictments, and yes, some of those people were (and are) innocent!! I do not know this case, or this individual. I am not quick to jump to a "guilty" conclusion until all of the evidence is in.

  • dogsrule12cheek Sep 8, 2010

    I remember him at Southern HIgh School what a shock!!!!!!!!

  • Boogalooboy Sep 8, 2010

    Hey Ray, wake up and look around, we aren't far from being Mexico...

  • didisaythat Sep 7, 2010

    It is actualy guilty or not guilty, they do not say you are innocent. Second, in my experience they do not bring charges on someone that did not break the law. That does not mean they can prove it, just the person broke the law. I am very pro law enforcement and hate that "officers" purposefully break the law for whatever reason. The job is hard enough and easy enough to make a grave mistake with the intent of doing the right thing. Thanks Lt. for doing your brothers a disservice.