Former county official pleads guilty to theft
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.
Records show that the county terminated Brown's employment in September 2017
The Tribune also reported that Brown came under investigation for making false statements about serving in the military.
The county, during its internal investigation, found no evidence that Brown received the Purple Heart as he claimed after serving as part of an elite Army group, according to the Tribune.
The plea agreement reached between Brown and the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office was not immediately available.
Brown's criminal defense attorney Mark Cogan issued the following statement after Tuesday's change of plea hearing, "The parties have agreed to a prison sentence of 18 months and full restitution to be paid at the time of sentencing. As long as we have been working with him, Mr Brown has been on board to accept responsibility and make full restitution. We have compassion for our client and his family."
You can read a previous Portland Tribune story about Brown at portlandtribune.com/pt/9-news/375515-258427-multnomah-county-animal-control-manager-used-funds-on-gold-gas-masks