Stole funds entrusted to him

By Ryan Kushner

Staff writer

Former Smithfield Police Lieutenant of Investigations Patrick Valdez was found guilty of two counts of embezzling money from the department that he served.

The convictions followed a lengthy trial Jan. 31 in Isle of Wight County Circuit Court, and were related to two instances in which discrepancies were found in the amount of money Valdez had requested for a criminal fund he was responsible for and the amount that he deposited into the fund.

His sentencing hearing is scheduled for May 23. 

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