Ex-Scott deputy plans to plead guilty to financial schemes

Rain Smith • Oct 3, 2019 at 5:30 PM

BIG STONE GAP, Va. — A former Scott County police officer intends to plead guilty to embezzlement and wire fraud during his time as a deputy, when he allegedly fabricated overtime hours, accepted sex for payment of court-ordered monitoring and completed coworkers' online training.

According to records in the U.S. District Court’s Western District of Virginia, Jeffrey Spicer waived indictment and filed a plea agreement on Tuesday. He was employed at the Scott County Sheriff's Office from 2006 through August of 2017.

Prosecutors state that from January of 2014 through June of 2017, Spicer falsely documented and received more than $10,000 in unearned overtime pay.

Wire fraud reportedly occurred from 2016 through 2018. At that time, Spicer was operating a home electronic monitoring service, tasked to make sure offenders complied with terms ordered in Scott County Circuit Court.

Federal court records allege that Spicer contracted with another business to provide the monitoring, and had no independent means to verify the location of individuals. People monitored then made payments for services to Spicer.

After the third-party ceased to keep tabs on offenders — and Spicer had no way to do so — he reportedly continued collecting payments.

From some clients, Spicer is alleged to have accepted nude photos and sex in exchange for payment, or in exchange for not notifying the court of violations. In total, Spicer reportedly received nearly $14,000 for court monitoring services that he did not provide.

Prosecutors say another Spicer crime involved continuing education through the Department of Criminal Justice Services. The courses are available online, where law enforcement officers log-on with user names and passwords for testing.

Court records claim that Spicer completed courses for "numerous law enforcement officers" and received payment for completing "some of" the training. The names of those other purported officers are not included in court records, nor are amounts Spicer was supposedly paid.

Assistant United States Attorney Lena Busscher is prosecuting the case against Spicer. On Thursday, she told the Times News she could not currently comment on whether or not there was a continuing investigation, nor if there are additional charges pending.

Due to various conflicts of interest, different special prosecutors were appointed to Spicer's federal case over the past two years. Since February it has been in the hands of former Washington County Commonwealth Attorney Nicole Price.

Spicer is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 12. He faces $250,000 in fines and up to 20 years in prison.