Ex-Lander County Sheriff To Fact State Charges

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Former Lander County Sheriff Michael Glenn Kranovich, sentenced last year to federal prison for stealing federal funds while in office, was arrested Thursday on state charges.

Thursday's arrest caps a six-month investigation into violations of theft, fraudulent appropriation of property and misconduct of a public officer, said Lt. David Jones of the Department of Public Safety.

State officers and the Elko Combined Narcotics Unit arrested him without incident. He was taken to the Elko County Jail and released after posting $1,500 cash bail.

The investigation revealed improprieties in budget accounts assigned to the sheriff's office, Jones said in a statement.

Ron Unger, current sheriff of Lander County, requested the state investigate the allegations. After a review of the state probe, the Nevada Attorney General's office filed a criminal complaint which resulted in the warrant for Kranovich's arrest.

A federal grand jury in Reno indicted Kranovich in July 2002 on charges of using Federal Equitable Forfeiture Sharing Funds for his personal use. The fund collects money from drug seizures and is used by local law enforcement agencies to fight drugs.

A federal jury found him guilty of one count of theft from a program receiving federal funds and one count of theft of government property.

Last year, U.S. District Judge Edward Reed sentenced him to 18 months in federal prison, three years probation and ordered him to pay $12,500 restitution.