Sunday, October 04, 2009

Lt Michael Leary Arrested for Real Estate Fraud

A Sacramento County sheriff's lieutenant who served on the Elk Grove city council has been arrested on charges of real estate fraud.

Sacramento County District Attorney's spokeswoman Shelly Orio says 49-year-old Michael Leary was arrested Friday on grand theft and forgery charges.

Leary is charged with stealing a $610,000 home he co-owned with his girlfriend by altering a grant deed in January 2006, and two counts of passing the document as being legitimate. Investigators say he later evicted his girlfriend.

A sheriff's spokesman says the 27-year veteran has been placed on paid leave.

Leary lost an election to retain his Elk Grove council seat last year.

He's posted $15,000 bail and is due in court for an Oct. 9 court hearing. There was no phone or attorney listing for him.

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