LOUISVILLE, Ky., (WDRB) -- A former Louisville Metro Police officer charged with felony theft for keeping funds from community grants that were to be used by the department has paid restitution and will avoid incarceration, according to court records.
Patrick Schultz was indicted in June 2020 by a Jefferson County grand jury on one count of theft by deception of more than $500 but less than $10,000.
At the time, police said a Public Integrity Unit investigation showed Schultz had falsely applied for two community grants "under the guise of using it for departmental programming, when in fact he used the money for his own financial gain," according to a press release.
The felony theft charge was dismissed in Jefferson Circuit Court on Oct. 14 after prosecutors and Schultz’s defense attorney resolved the case by putting Schultz on “informal” diversion for a year, where he was required to pay restitution and stay out of trouble, according to the agreement.
The agreement, presented to Judge Olu Stevens, said Schultz “successfully abided by and met these conditions.”
The agreement does not say how much Schultz paid in restitution.
Attorney Steve Schroering, who represented Schultz, declined to comment.
Jefferson Commonwealth's Attorney First Assistant Erwin Roberts said Schultz paid back $2,000 in restitution.
He also said the deal for Schultz was "consistent with the general resolution of low level financial crimes where full restitution is paid" and the defendant has no other criminal history.
"Collateral consequences such as termination of the defendant's employment are also considered in these cases," Roberts said.
Schultz, a member of LMPD's Fourth Division hired in 2015, was fired on Sept. 14, 2020, according to Alicia Smiley, a spokeswoman for the department.
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