GRAND ISLAND, Neb. — A former Hall County sheriff's deputy fired for accepting his county salary when he failed to attend weekend military training has entered a plea agreement.
Kevin Bombeck, 35, of Wood River pleaded no contest to misdemeanor attempted theft by deception, reduced from a felony, for incidents that occurred between March 9 and Oct. 1, 2012.
His sentencing is scheduled Nov. 7 in Hall County District Court. As part of the plea agreement, Bombeck must pay $1,462 restitution. There is no sentencing agreement, according to court documents.
Bombeck was fired on Jan. 17 after being placed on administrative leave Jan. 10. He started work at the Sheriff's Department in August 2010, the same year he joined the U.S. Army.
Sheriff's Capt. Jim Castleberry testified at Bombeck's preliminary hearing in Hall County Court in March that he started an investigation in January after receiving a phone call from Bombeck's commanding officer with the Army. The officer called looking for Bombeck, who hadn't shown up for his weekend training in January and wasn't responding to phone calls.
During his investigation, Castleberry discovered Bombeck had missed scheduled weekend trainings in March, April, May, August and September 2012, but he had received his county deputy's salary for those weekends. He had used the department's computer system to claim hours for military leave during those weekends and had made about $1,282 in salary, Castleberry testified.
When he was confronted by his immediate supervisor, Bombeck said he hadn't gone to military training due to “personal reasons that he was too embarrassed to tell anyone” about, Castleberry testified.